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A great film, the best I've seen since Terrence Malick's "The New World," and far and away the richest and most brilliantly acted picture to be released this Oscar season. Read full review
Rather than dwell on the darkness and squalor, von Donnersmarck has fashioned a genuinely thrilling tale, leavened with sly humor, that works ingenious variations on the theme of cat and mouse, speaks to current concerns about personal privacy and illuminates the timeless conflict between totalitarianism and art. Read full review
Lives is a best-foreign-film nominee competing in a year that at least three movies in this category are stronger than Oscar's best-picture contenders. Read full review
A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional. Read full review
A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires. Read full review
Utterly riveting fictional drama. Read full review
The Lives of Others has similarities to Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic "The Conversation" but with undercurrents that resound across an entire century of European political history. Read full review
Except for Hempf, every character is under incredible duress, and the performances are exceptional. With his first feature, an Oscar nominee for foreign-language film, von Donnersmarck has certainly left his mark. Read full review
Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head. Read full review
Starts out dark and challenging then comes to a startlingly satisfying and warmly human conclusion that lingers long after the curtain has come down. Read full review
It plays less dorky than it sounds, I promise.
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