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Yella Reviews

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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
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
April 16, 2008
In spite of some mysterious circumstances, Yella is directed perfunctorily and entirely without suspense or any sense of urgency.
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
March 21, 2007
Yella comes off as too intellectual an exercise to be thoughtful or serious entertainment.
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-
September 29, 2007
Unfortunately, a gimmicky construction helps the writer-director avoid facing the consequences of the drama he's set up.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
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.
July 11, 2008
An import non-thriller so enigmatic and subtle that it's inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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.
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
December 1, 2008
A strange blend of corporate thriller and supernatural mystery.
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.
September 18, 2008
Yella clamps down on the viewer with a psychological hold that doesn't immediately reveal itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2008
A German metaphorical Reunification thriller and political allegory equating a blunt and feverish appetite for sex and capitalism.
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
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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