80

Variety

By Derek Elley
A tightly constructed "dramatic thriller" in which the tension comes as much from what the characters are thinking as from what they end up doing, Jerichow again confirms writer-helmer Christian Petzold ("Yella," "The State I Am In") as a world-class talent who remains underappreciated beyond Germany.
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80

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Jerichow forgoes the prolonged double-crosses of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," its simpler ending made all the more powerful--and a little heartbreaking.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The final twist is completely unexpected.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Petzold, who also wrote the script, doesn't make level one thrillers, and his characters may be smarter than us, or dumber. It's never just about the plot, anyway. It has to do with random accidents, dangerous coincidences, miscalculations, simple mistakes. And the motives are never simple.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Told in lean, tense cinematic gestures, Jerichow also captures a social portrait of newly multicultural Germany, at least as it extends into the country's forgotten rural interior.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It's a well-constructed and thoughtfully paced drama and almost a thriller, but in the end credibility and tension get lost in the mail.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable. Rather, Jerichow offers implicit, sardonic social comment as well as a compelling playing out of the eternal triangle.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As ridiculous German suspense dramas go, you could do worse than Jerichow.
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71 out of 100
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