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Phoenix Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/5
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.
November 14, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
July 10, 2016
Nina Hoss's performance is one of the shining highlights of the movie year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 20, 2016
There is no need to mince words here-Phoenix is an absolutely terrific film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2016
a shrewd, engaging play of psychological dexterity that, despite its melodramatic roots, never feels arch or forced
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 14, 2016
Spellbinding cinema... a small marvel of lean construction, with stark, uncluttered images that haunt you long after.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 21, 2016
Petzold and Farocki essentially revive the lost tradition of the Trümmerfilm, engaging with and retroactively contributing to this undersung period of German film history.
Full Review | Original Score: Highly Recommended
February 29, 2016
This is one of the strongest films of the season.
February 15, 2016
...a nightclub lament.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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