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Yella Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2008
Far less concerned with character development than with bludgeoning clues to the drama's true nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
May 15, 2008
Dressing up a socio-economic critique as a romantic thriller only works if there's enough suspense to keep the audience intrigued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
April 16, 2008
In spite of some mysterious circumstances, Yella is directed perfunctorily and entirely without suspense or any sense of urgency.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 25, 2009
The twist ending that softens the blow of this otherwise unique and atmospheric work is not for me to ruin, but it should be said that it shows a chink in the filmmaker's armor
| Original Score: 3/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
March 21, 2007
Yella comes off as too intellectual an exercise to be thoughtful or serious entertainment.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 11, 2008
This German rip-off of Herk Harvey's 1962 Carnival of Souls replaces the junky eeriness of the original with a disassociated pretentiousness that is more irritating than creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 29, 2007
Unfortunately, a gimmicky construction helps the writer-director avoid facing the consequences of the drama he's set up.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 14, 2008
Though the film attests that the director can masterfully dredge up metaphysical dread, it also proves that he needs to learn to avoid easy ways out.
| Original Score: 3/6
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 20, 2008
The film feels far too schematic and, even allowing for its unrelentingly mercenary premise, far too cold to inspire much viewer identification.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
July 11, 2008
An import non-thriller so enigmatic and subtle that it's inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2008
Yella is a reserved young woman with unrevealed depths of intelligence, larceny and passion. Their gradual revelation makes this more than an ordinary thriller, in great part because of the performance of Nina Hoss in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 16, 2008
Filmmaker Christian Petzold meets his goal of providing an alienating portrait of the business world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
September 20, 2007
Yella uses Byzantine business deals, corporate shenanigans and sink-or-swim stakes to dramatise the internal negotiation of a character's (and a divided nation's) dreams and anxieties.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 28, 2009
Yella is a strange beast: a twisty, slightly surreal mystery wrapped around the tedious art of the business deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 1, 2008
A strange blend of corporate thriller and supernatural mystery.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
May 14, 2008
Somehow, this tightrope walk between the supernatural and underhanded business deals (call it Carnival of Michael Clayton) manages the neat trick of keeping its balance.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 18, 2008
Yella clamps down on the viewer with a psychological hold that doesn't immediately reveal itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 18, 2008
A German metaphorical Reunification thriller and political allegory equating a blunt and feverish appetite for sex and capitalism.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 27, 2008
A suspenseful film carried off without the viewer knowing what the suspense is all about. ... The mystery happening in the margins of this story is more interesting than the mainline plot.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2008
It's one of those films that keeps swirling in your brain once it's done -- thanks both to its somewhat unresolved ending and to the many subtle themes touched on throughout.
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