100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Utterly riveting fictional drama.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Starts out dark and challenging then comes to a startlingly satisfying and warmly human conclusion that lingers long after the curtain has come down.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.