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The Lives of Others Reviews

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October 3, 2017
Cinematic smugness has a fatal impact on the delineation of Wiesler's quietly heroic political calisthenics and The Lives of Others' supposedly uplifting denouement.
August 23, 2017
The worst crime that this film has to offer is pure old simple dumbness, paper-thin characters, and a plot that leans heavily on artiness to give it the look of a more serious thinking story.
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
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
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
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.
June 24, 2008
A truly unforgettable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 9, 2008
Although Henckel von Donnersmarck has a number of genuinely good ideas ... the film is marred by redundancy, indecision and clumsiness.
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
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
December 30, 2007
A multi-layered and surprisingly touching dramatic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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-
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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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
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+
August 24, 2007
Actually one of the most optimistic stories I've watched in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 19, 2007
A beautifully mounted movie that's difficult to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 29, 2007
a mesmerizing, heartbreaking thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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