The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) Reviews

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November 11, 2019
Jonas Dassler is disturbingly compelling as Honka, more disturbing for his making a shuffling nobody so magnetic.
October 3, 2019
Although psychological substance runs slim, Akin renders most mainstream depictions of degenerate minds lighthearted.
October 2, 2019
This subject matter is of the heaviest variety, and its central character not one you're supposed to like. But it is a story with immense artistic merit and a new angle of this subgenre with something important to say.
October 1, 2019
The Golden Glove definitely isn't for everyone, and even when divorced from its more transgressive scenes, it's not exactly a pleasant viewing experience. But for those not repulsed, there's a lonely, human heart at its center.
September 27, 2019
A bleak, depressing attempt to remove all glorification or justification from the serial killer subgenre.
September 27, 2019
The content is disgusting. The backdrop against which this story unfolds is equally unappealing.
September 26, 2019
The Golden Glove is a tremendous piece of work, an empathetic look at a pathetic wretch of a man and the trail of pain and chaos he left behind.
September 26, 2019
Another in a long line of serial-killer dramas under the impression that it needs to be as ugly as its subject in order to be authentic, ultimately serving as further proof that verisimilitude isn't a virtue in and of itself.
September 26, 2019
This long slog through the gutter, from the first brutal murder to [Fritz] Honka's grisly yet comedic arrest, is a tough stroll that it's hard to recommend.
September 26, 2019
Filmmakers can have a tough time distinguishing themselves in the crowded serial-killer genre. For Fatih Akin, the director of "The Golden Glove," the solution seems to have been making his movie as vomitous as possible.
September 25, 2019
I don't see how the film is of any value other than as a technical exercise (for filmmakers and actors, not murderers), but the craft of it is undeniable.
September 25, 2019
This is a film that will struggle to find an audience, unless there are people out there who thought Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was too tame.
September 24, 2019
And while that opening scene is undoubtedly shocking, the cumulative effect of all this despair is ultimately even more unsettling.
September 23, 2019
Grotesque as it is, The Golden Glove is a profound exploration of the ease with which depravity is bred and nurtured in the carcinogenic, sticky corners inhabited by indigent people - and women in particular - who have aged out of our concern.
September 21, 2019
Fatih Akin's The Golden Glove is the rawest, most real, and most brutal serial killer movie since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
September 1, 2019
Beneath all the horror, there is hope. You just have to look past all the dead bodies to the darker heart within.
August 24, 2019
The take no prisoners daring director's perspective focuses yes on disturbing, but more as mirror reflecting back with ugly historical truths. Think terrifying trajectory as grotesque human canvas extending from Bosch and Bruegel to late stage capitalism.
May 22, 2019
Were it not for these overwrought provocations, The Golden Glove could have been Akin's most accomplished work in years. Aesthetically speaking it remains a marvel.
March 6, 2019
A film that is sweeping, exciting and devastating at the same time and that avoids any approach to Hollywood solutions to this type of delivery. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 19, 2019
Comparisons to The House that Jack Built are inevitable but, however morally bankrupt Von Trier's film was, at least it was attempting to say something.
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