The Lives of Others - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lives of Others Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 26, 2014
Reopens our eyes to the cruelties and soul assassinations that were carried out daily in the name of state socialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
August 5, 2011
The scope is especially impressive given that the movie is about a society obsessively focused on the tiniest of details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Activism proves tough on people who've thrived at their political patrons' blessings, and one character cruelly chooses a path of least resistance when the chips are down. A cataclysmic conclusion depicts political clamps on expression and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 24, 2009
If the filmmaker commits a crime, it's in pushing the [Stasi] character's rehabilitation slightly too far--about as much as the weight of a teardrop.
Geoff Berkshire
June 24, 2008
A truly unforgettable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
Although Henckel von Donnersmarck has a number of genuinely good ideas ... the film is marred by redundancy, indecision and clumsiness.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Not since Francis Ford Coppola's masterful The Conversation has there been a thriller quite like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 21, 2008
The best foreign language film of the year is also one of the year's best overall.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric D. Snider
December 30, 2007
A multi-layered and surprisingly touching dramatic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
The Lives of Others is a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 12, 2007
The Lives of Others illustrates, with only a dash of sentimentality, the truth that integrity leads to vulnerability and sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 11, 2007
The Lives Of Others' obedient, obsessed spy in an exceedingly odd sense may have much more of a handle on the lives of others than, say, the filmmaker, who himself was around six years old at that time period of the former GDR.
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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
September 1, 2007
The best foreign film Oscar-winner is a tautly plotted political thriller of moral heft and fierce intelligence. A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 28, 2007
The Lives of Others aims to flatter its audience - a quality typical for a film whose emotional posturing is only skin deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 24, 2007
Actually one of the most optimistic stories I've watched in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 19, 2007
A beautifully mounted movie that's difficult to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2007
a mesmerizing, heartbreaking thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Armond White
New York Press
July 11, 2007
How surprising that a new German film would teach Americans about human faith at a time when acclaimed movies like Borat lack faith.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
a finely nuanced screenplay into whose naturalistic dialogue an intricate array of suggestive symbols and recurring motifs are subtly folded.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 14, 2007
Una notable mirada a la vida bajo un régimen opresivo, en este caso la RDA de 1984. Sorprendente debut del director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, con excelente elenco y calidad narrativa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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