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The Lives of Others Reviews

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 25, 2007
Von Donnersmarck moves certain sequences too slowly, but matches his tightest suspense with human intrigue.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 21, 2007
You know within minutes of watching The Lives of Others ... that you are in confident, authoritative hands.

Times (UK)
April 21, 2007
Few films have dared paint East Germany and its legions of demons in such honest and unsparing detail. Von Donnersmarck puts a pickaxe into the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
April 19, 2007
Reels us in and keeps us engaged.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 14, 2007
This fierce and gloomy drama, written and directed by first-timer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, was a notable winner of this year's best foreign film Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
April 13, 2007
... a moving, enlightening tale of recent times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 12, 2007
Engaging, gripping and emotionally devastating thriller with a razor-sharp script, taut direction and terrific performances from its three leads. This is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 10, 2007
... you just cannot help but watch...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 6, 2007
... when a filmmaker confronts you and makes you truly understand the lives of his characters, that insight takes your breath away.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 31, 2007
A harsh history lesson that looks back at the drab East Berlin of 1984.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
March 27, 2007
... von Donnersmarck creates a milieu so realistic that the attention-worthy setting becomes just a backdrop, while an intricate tale, as suspenseful as it is humanistic, takes over.
| Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2007
Twisting perspectives on lives, actions and consequences, this magnificent film satisfies on every level
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 23, 2007
...resolved through a couple of endings, one brutal and tragic enough for the old Greeks, the other graceful and uplifting ...
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 21, 2007
Good drama it is, and it's drama that raises a lot of questions, but I found it less tense than many.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karina Montgomery
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 20, 2007
Subtle and delightful - please see review.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 16, 2007
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film is a melodrama in a minor key, quietly affecting, quietly chilling, quietly quiet. It captures the drab architecture of totalitarianism, the soul-dead buildings of a soul-dead state.
| Original Score: 5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 16, 2007
Writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is a master of tone and place.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 16, 2007
Will remind some of 'The Conversation,' but a closer if less obvious link is 'Fahrenheit 451': Wiesler is essentially Bradbury's conflicted 'fireman,' Montag, transported from a dystopian science-fiction future to a dystopian historical past.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 15, 2007
Pan's Labyrinth deserved to win the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, of course, but the Academy's selection of The Lives of Others hardly qualifies as an outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 12, 2007
As a Cold War thriller, The Lives of Others is gripping stuff replete with the nuts and bolts of all-encompassing surveillance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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