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Pandora's Box Reviews

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Cole Smithey
November 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] ["Pandora's Box"] can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

TV Guide
February 27, 2013
The movie's horrifying and beautiful conclusion becomes more poignant and powerful with each passing year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Richard Luck
February 27, 2013
There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time.
Peter Bradshaw
February 27, 2013
If ever an actor was born to be seen in black-and-white it was Louise Brooks, who is as luminous as ever in this new restoration of GW Pabst's silent nightmare-melodrama.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2013
One of the classic films of the German silent era.
Emanuel Levy
November 4, 2012
| Original Score: A
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 3, 2010
The more interested in the waywardness of almost everyone's longings and in their failures of self-preservation than it is about Lulu's particular immorality or recklessness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2006
"Pandora's Box" is a German silent film that Paris Hilton could relate to. She wouldn't like the way it ends, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Bourne
December 11, 2006
Give all due credit to Pabst, but Brooks pretty much single-handedly raises Pandora's Box above being just another doomed-bad-girl melodrama.... She makes Lulu unfathomable, a well that always has more to give. Therefore, so is the film.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 30, 2006
Bold for its time, this restored, uncut version is a touch slow at some points, but its star glows throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2006
Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 12, 2006
If you've never seen Brooks -- or Pandora's Box -- you've missed one of the most extraordinary personalities and films of the silent movie era.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 13, 2006
Pabst was a psychologically astute filmmaker, but it's the shockingly sensual, charismatic Brooks that makes the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 7, 2006
The movie remains one of the most insightful depictions of the elemental incongruity between man's nature and woman's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2006
Brooks offers a brilliantly guileless performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 17, 2006
It's something that should not be missed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
June 16, 2006
More than a little overbaked and frequently veering from the artistic to the artsy. But Louise Brooks is, herself, every inch a classic.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 15, 2006
2006 is the centennial of actress Louise Brooks, and to honor it, her greatest film, Pandora's Box, is being released in a new 35-mm print in New York's Film Forum before being taken around the country.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2006
Neither an exposé of social conditions nor a psychological case study and certainly not a moral parable G. W. Pabst's Pandora's Box is a tour de force of cinematic eroticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 13, 2006
There would never be another Lulu -- nor will there ever be.
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