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8/23/2018 by Christy LemireThe Lives of Others is exquisitely tense, with massive stakes and a pervasive sense of danger.
9/21/2007 by Roger EbertThe Lives of Others is a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
3/16/2007 by Roger MooreFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film is a melodrama in a minor key, quietly affecting, quietly chilling, quietly quiet. It captures the drab architecture of totalitarianism, the soul-dead buildings of a soul-dead state.
3/2/2007 by Amy BiancolliIts suspense builds on the fragile and nuanced business of emotional rebirth.
3/2/2007 by Tom LongA political thriller that's consistently as inventive as it is creepy.
Detroit Free Press
3/2/2007 by Terry LawsonFew would deny that The Lives of Others is true to its self, and in its depiction of human nature -- and human spirit.
3/2/2007 by Jim EmersonWatch it, and you may get the feeling it's also watching you.
3/1/2007 by Eleanor Ringel CaterPoised between Kafka and Tom Cruise, The Lives of Others is the sort of movie that constantly engages you. You never know what's going to happen next, and it's all done with a precision and intelligence that's rare in movies these days.
2/23/2007 by Carrie RickeyOf the many things that happen in this surprising, sad and astonishing movie, none is more staggering than Wiesler's evolution from lowly bureaucratic beetle to humanist.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
2/23/2007 by Robert DenersteinMorally complex, beautifully shaded and filled with fascinating characters, this debut film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck brings us into a world that severely tests moral fiber.
2/23/2007 by Lisa KennedyIt is Ulrich Muhe's portrayal of Wiesler that makes the film such an impressively humane political thriller. The muted shifts in Wiesler's character suggest that when you truly engage the lives of others, you open yourself to profound change.
Dallas Morning News
2/23/2007 by Chris VognarSet, appropriately, in 1984, The Lives of Others weaves a compelling human drama into a chilling portrait of polite totalitarianism.
2/22/2007 by Kerry LengelJust from an entertainment standpoint, wondering what decisions the characters will make, and what the consequences might be, makes for edge-of-your-seat tension despite the movie's quietly thoughtful tone.
2/22/2007 by Desson ThomsonTo watch Lives is not just to enjoy a fabulously constructed timepiece; it's to appreciate a deft cautionary tale.
Ebert & Roeper
2/20/2007 by Richard RoeperThis is from a first time director, so you see somebody who's just got a great career ahead of him.
2/16/2007 by John HartlWhat you're likely to take away from his Oscar-nominated drama in the foreign-language category is a sense of hope that feels neither forced nor sentimental.
San Francisco Chronicle
2/16/2007 by Mick LaSalleFar and away the richest and most brilliantly acted picture to be released this Oscar season.
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