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Phoenix Reviews

December 14, 2015
Both a powerful allegory for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity.
December 14, 2015
Life is a bombed-out, soulless cabaret in Christian Petzold's Phoenix, a haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin.
December 9, 2015
Everything in Phoenix is designed to prepare us for the knockout ending, which couldn't be simpler in itself, but has the force of a long-delayed emotional release.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2015
Sometimes implausible and always engrossing, "Phoenix" takes us to postwar Berlin, a shell of a city where concentration camp survivor Nelly is a shell of herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2015
You may not buy all the story twists, but perhaps the script is not meant to be taken literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2015
There is intrigue. There is suspense. Guilt -- a man's guilt, a nation's -- hangs heavy in the air.
August 7, 2015
Provocative, profoundly moving and the acting is virtuosic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 7, 2015
[Nina Hoss' is] the kind of performance that makes you appreciate the turmoil of emotions that can be conveyed in a look.
August 6, 2015
Like its heroine, "Phoenix" speaks low but with bitter clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2015
Hoss is perfect in a challenging role, a woman trying to recover bits of the person she once was, but having to do so in service to a greedy scheme that robs her of the very identity she is trying to recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2015
"Phoenix" takes its time and leaves us guessing until the final electrifying scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2015
The movie isn't a thriller, but it still generates a strange sort of emotional suspense - an incredibly intense drama that makes you hold your breath.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2015
"Phoenix" is an intoxicating witches' brew, equal parts melodrama and moral parable, that audaciously mixes diverse elements to compelling, disturbing effect.
July 30, 2015
Beautiful and mysteriously powerful from beginning to end.
July 27, 2015
The cinematic equivalent of a page-turner, no more and no less.
July 24, 2015
A haunting, morbidly romantic melodrama with obvious links to Vertigo, but from a reverse angle.
July 24, 2015
There's no point in explaining where all of this goes. But Petzold is in command of it.
Top Critic
July 23, 2015
True to genre and to the history it peels back, Phoenix boldly offers us a war without heroes, only ghosts of broken people moving through a broken world, searching in vain for their former selves.
July 23, 2015
Mr. Petzold has made a suave and suspenseful entertainment that doesn't seem entirely sure that it wants to be - or is able to be - more.
July 23, 2015
The plot is just implausible enough to keep the film from greatness, but director Christian Petzold (Barbara) stirs up a powder-keg metaphor about rebuilding after war.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 23, 2015
German director Christian Petzold has come up with a splendid work of mourning and melodrama in "Phoenix."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 21, 2015
So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect.
May 8, 2015
Bleak, yet somehow brimming with hope, Phoenix feels like a one-off. Catch it while you can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2015
Borrows tension, look and conventions from postwar film noir, and the Hitchcockian doubles, reversals and atmosphere of suspicion unbalance expectations of which character (if either) is cat or mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 7, 2015
Petzold's best film, and an early contender for one of the year's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2015
Phoenix is full of ambiguity and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2015
[A] gloomy, implausible noir, set in the ruins of divided postwar Berlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2015
A noir-ish and complex emotional thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2014
The warped narrative functions as an allegory for the stories that people and nations recount to themselves in order to go on surviving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2014
This is an amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. Using the filmic language of noir, Petzold crafts a story of a culture caught in the aftermath of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2014
One of the best new movies I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
September 11, 2014
An ingeniously plotted and rather heartbreaking movie ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-