100

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It's intelligent, provocative and intensely dramatic. Its subject matter may be tough but it is as powerfully authentic as anyone could want.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
A Woman in Berlin is like a tour through the blast-cratered psyche of two colliding cultures, each with its own nightmarish tales to tell or acts of violence to experience.
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75

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Joins such wonderful recent films as "The Lives of Others" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex" as a clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A harrowing story about the will to survive amid the most brutal conditions imaginable.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is well-acted, with restraint, by Hoss and Sidikhin. The writer and director, Max Faerberboeck, employs a level gaze and avoids for the most part artificial sentimentality. The physical production is convincing.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A Woman in Berlin, which is based on an anonymously written memoir of the same name, serves also as a testimony to women who put men in their place.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
A Woman in Berlin doesn't justify retribution, but in such moments it does clarify the horrible logic of vengeance.
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67

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Like "The Reader," this film treads unsteadily over the terrain of German guilt.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The film ends up relying on stating a basic situation over and over rather than developing any sort of dramatic story concerning recognizable human beings, at least until things get moving a little faster in its second hour.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Unfortunately, Färberböck never gives us reason enough to sit through such unremitting punishment. Though the story is based in truth, an emotionally removed Hoss feels more like a symbol than an actual person, while her detached narration keeps us at further remove.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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