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Phoenix Reviews

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December 4, 2015
It trips itself up by being squarely neorealist on one hand, and imposing Hitchcockian artifice on the other, so that it fails to work as either because its narrative artifice and its sombre realism are incompatible.
May 7, 2015
[A] gloomy, implausible noir, set in the ruins of divided postwar Berlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
September 15, 2017
"Phoenix," Christian Petzold's allegorical story set in post-war Germany, is almost indescribably deep, layered and complex.
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
May 20, 2016
There is no need to mince words here-Phoenix is an absolutely terrific film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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 12, 2015
It is touching, wonderful, filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
July 25, 2015
The film, which seems to be designed to address the mainstream and art-house spectator, is thoroughly dramatic but also thought-provokingly allegorical.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
August 18, 2015
Phoenix is a death-defying melodrama of rare emotional obsession. It carefully pushes its conceit to the very limits, practically begging for the truth, or better yet, reconciliation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2015
Christian Petzold never luxuriates in all this film history, but rather channels the artifice and affect it embodies into new insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 3, 2015
Phoenix mines a Hitchcockian vein, but it is Hoss' sensitive performance and Petzold's intelligently paced direction that makes this film shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
September 4, 2015
Phoenix has a plot that hangs on the edge of believability but injects enough tension at the right moments to keep the film from tripping over itself.
September 10, 2015
Petzold slowly sketches out a world struck dumb by self-imposed amnesia, and Phoenix ends at a wallop of a destination, but it's not an especially compelling journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2014
"Phoenix"is as much a portrait of a woman longing to find herself again as a portrait of an entire nation longing for a way to re-build.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 21, 2015
A story about characters and a country that have lost their way, Phoenix is stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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