The Lives of Others Synopsis
An East German Stasi officer spies on a loyal playwright who has a lover.
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Outstanding Film

By dbust1
If you're looking for a movie go see something else. If you're looking for a FILM see this one. Without a doubt this film will be one of the best you'll see all year. The plot is solid and...

Great movie

By griffups
Character development of one without a home life through communist government assignment spying on others. Great movie! Moving and profoundly stirring & thought provoking in many ways....

The Lives of Others

By miamovies
Undoubtedly the best film I've seen in five years -- it's smart, moving, artful, enlightening and wholly electrifying. The perfect antidote to conventionally brainless summer movies!...

Wonderfulyl insightful film

By Mac_the_Naif
A very human take on the whole idea of spying on citizens. Fascinating story, well written, shot and acted....

The Lives of Others

By bandersnatch42
Stop reading this review and go watch this movie! Cleverly written, brilliantly acted, and deliciously suspenseful....

"Lives of Others" - We loved it, but some might not...

By WhittyMike
If the thought of a high-IQ, low-action foreign film in subtitles turns you off, then this movie isn't for you. We loved it, however. Good story, good characters, good inner conflicts, interesting...

Best acting

By xtendqi
I have seen hundreds of foreign films during my sixty-one years of addiction to movies. The Lives of Others is superb. We witness the transformation of an automaton state worker into a genuine...

Worst Foreign Movie Oscar in years

By Igotothemoviesalot
I don't know how this thing won the Oscar over Pan's Labyrinth. I found it tedious and with inexplicable character motives. And you would think a movie about spying (inherently voyeuristic) into an...


By 6dad6

A movie to watch

By Samoth
The period piece highlights an important part of European postWWII history, how the people of the DDR managed to set up a most impressive self-control system. The system forces nearly everyone to...

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Rated R | For some sexuality/nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.
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