Phoenix Reviews

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June 15, 2019
Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss return for their sixth collaboration in Phoenix, a well-done post-WWII German drama.
May 31, 2019
The far-fetched concept isn't established thoroughly enough to support the weight of the remaining film, and the script - bafflingly - dwells on the most boring part. Nowhere near as good as it thinks it is.
August 28, 2018
While Phoenix's Vertigo-meets the-Holocaust plot line leads to a final scene that will be on many critics' year-end highlights reel, that scene features one good dramatic revelation in a film that doesn't quite sustain its drama.
August 21, 2018
Petzold establishes a strong sense of time and place, from the seedy, dimly lit confines of the Phoenix cabaret to the ticking of the clock in Lene's bedroom. He brings postwar Berlin to vivid life without calling attention to period trappings.
August 3, 2018
This is a delicate, incisive, spellbinding movie from a filmmaking team with no reason to stop anytime soon.
November 15, 2017
Truly elevating the pulpy source material, Petzold swirls the pot of suspense, revenge and guilt with not only a Hitchcockian but also a Fassbinderian touch. Films don't get more psychologically complex than this.
September 15, 2017
"Phoenix," Christian Petzold's allegorical story set in post-war Germany, is almost indescribably deep, layered and complex.
August 21, 2017
Filled with inky blues and blacks, the look of [Phoenix] recalls Jean-Pierre Melville's masterful Army of Shadows, except this is a more intimate effort about two war-traumatized individuals.
August 14, 2017
[Nina] Hoss's step-by-step transformation from trembling and small to straight-backed and ready to perform is a marvel, a fascinating performance to behold.
August 1, 2017
The film is more of a companion piece to noir thrillers of the late '30s and early '40s, with its German Expressionist skeleton looming over the frame.
June 27, 2017
This is Vertigo territory, but with an insidious twist.
November 15, 2016
Bleak and beautiful, it's a moody drama built on subtle performances and a stunningly well-written script. Setting it apart is an enigmatic ending that allows viewers to come to their own conclusions.
July 10, 2016
Nina Hoss's performance is one of the shining highlights of the movie year.
May 20, 2016
There is no need to mince words here-Phoenix is an absolutely terrific film.
May 7, 2016
Hungary's Son of Saul may have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but another World War II drama, Germany's Phoenix, is actually the superior picture.
May 6, 2016
a shrewd, engaging play of psychological dexterity that, despite its melodramatic roots, never feels arch or forced
April 28, 2016
An authentic melodrama, carefully employing history, genre and beloved filmic precedents to generate large, complicated, unsettling emotions.
April 27, 2016
Phoenix, Christian Petzold's meditation on individual and cinematic ouroboros, lands on Blu-ray with a masterful transfer from the Criterion Collection.
April 15, 2016
Hoss, surely the foremost German actress of her generation, gives a powerhouse performance, full of pain and longing, and the use of the Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash classic Speak Low is a masterstroke.
April 14, 2016
Spellbinding cinema... a small marvel of lean construction, with stark, uncluttered images that haunt you long after.
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