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Yella Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
This unusual film has all the appearance of simply being a well-done drama, but there is considerably more on writer-director Christian Petzold's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2008
[A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2008
This crisply made thriller begins as a harrowing tale of a young German woman stalked by her deranged ex-husband, but quickly turns into an investigation of the murkier depths of capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2008
Strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity.
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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
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2008
The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 16, 2008
Makes for interesting viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 16, 2008
Christian Petzold's disquieting German thriller feels modest while you're watching it, but makes a stronger-than-expected impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 16, 2008
Yella is the kind of movie that tantalizes the mind with possibilities without solving the puzzle.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 21, 2007
An expertly crafted thriller which offers a pessimistic, though deeply rewarding, glimpse of a society being haunted by its own past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 24, 2007
German writer-director Christian Petzold returns to top form in Yella, another precision-helmed, tightly wound, metaphysical thriller that confirms him as one of Germany's finest middle-generation directors.