September 16, 2020
Tartuffe, thanks mainly to Emil Jannings' splendid performance, is a film to merit your considerate attention.
July 9, 2020
Directed by Mr. F. W. Murnau, who has made so many notable contributions to the development of screen technique, it is a decidedly interesting example of film virtuosity.
April 29, 2020
Murnau is, of course, an incredible visual stylist, and the golden-tinted hues of Karl Freund's cinematography are often breathtaking. But Tartuffe is ultimately one of Murnau's minor works.
April 19, 2010
One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises
February 13, 2007
The mise en scene is beautifully modulated and the performances -- by Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, and Werner Krauss, among others -- are first-rate.
March 25, 2006
Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive.
December 19, 2004
While the film is arguably minor Murnau, it remains highly agreeable and full of the director's characteristic visual inventiveness, albeit on a smaller scale.