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Variety Staff
Variety
February 27, 2013
Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
One of those revered classics, so steeped in critical hysteria that it's almost heresy to question its greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
March 27, 2005
Miss Brooks is attractive and she moves her head and eyes at the proper moment, but whether she is endeavoring to express joy, woe, anger or satisfaction it is often difficult to decide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This synopsis could apply equally to a great or a laughable film. Brooks makes it a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] ["Pandora's Box"] can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 3, 2010
The film...is 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-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2006
Brooks offers a brilliantly guileless performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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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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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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
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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
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
March 28, 2006
One of the great films about the mysterious allure of the female form and the destructive power of the male gaze that's inflicted upon it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 2, 2006
This is a stirring vision of the world gripped by a sinister moral vice--a nosedive into a carnal abyss of despair lined with visionary chiaroscuro sights and thorny mythological references.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Luck
Film4
February 27, 2013
There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time.
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