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
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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
Metromix.com
June 24, 2008
A truly unforgettable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
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
EricDSnider.com
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-
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
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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