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The Lives of Others Reviews

Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
July 17, 2008
Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 11, 2007
The film's cartoonish Stasi in comparison to, say, the US military at Guantanamo or Abu Grab, seem more akin to the Salvation Army.

Empire Magazine
September 5, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
August 26, 2007
Is there anything more dangerous than a true believer who approaches his mission with unshakable certainty and unwavering dogma?
Bill Gibron
August 21, 2007
A stunning artistic achievement, made even more amazing by the fact that this is writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's very first film, The Lives of Others is part paradox, part prophecy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 21, 2007
a taut emotional thriller that pits genuine ideology against the mechanisms of a corrupted bureaucracy
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adam Tyner
August 16, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 5, 2007
An intelligent screenplay, compelling performances, and alternating points of view collectively manage to sustain a slight-but-significant tension throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10