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Barbara

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Overall 9
9.0
Actors overall 9
9.2
Audio 10
9.5

Barbara (Blu-ray)

DVD Verdict
20 November 2013
  • Excerpt: The Yalta Conference during WWII resulted in the allies dividing Germany into occupation zones to prevent it from threatening Europe ever again. The result was an East Germany left to wallow under the iron fisted grip of communism for over 40 years. The film Barbara is a portrait of a woman who lives in a country that can only persist by crushing man's natural inclination to be free.
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Overall 7
7.0
Movie overall 8
8.0

Barbara Blu-ray Review

blu-ray.com
18 November 2013
  • Conclusion: Considering the film's premise—a doctor behind the iron curtain must chose between her freedom or the future of one of her patients— Barbara could've easily become a melodramatic mess, heavy on undeserved emotions and over-heightened action. Director Christian Petzhold has wonderful restraint, though, keeping this story gripping without resorting to cheap narrative tricks, which makes the eventual catharsis even more affecting.
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Overall 6
5.8
Movie overall 8
8.0
Audio 7
7.0
Extras 1
1.0

BARBARA - Blu-ray review

moviemet.com
6 May 2013
  • Summary: Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss are quickly becoming one of the world's premiere director-actress pairings.
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Overall 10
10

Barbara

AV Club
20 December 2012
  • Excerpt: It’s the wind that does it. As much as banished East German doctor Nina Hoss, the wind that scours the countryside and threatens to wipe Hoss away is a principal character in Christian Petzold’s pensive drama Barbara . A cypher at first, Hoss keeps to herself, rebuffing even mild courtesies from boss Ronald Zehrfeld.
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 10
10
Extras 5
5.0

Barbara Blu-ray Review

blu-ray.com
18 December 2012
  • Conclusion: Barbara is a flawless film. I think that it recreates perfectly the maddening environment people in East Germany had to endure under Erich Honecker. It may not impress those who never experienced it, but those who have will immediately recognize how incredibly accurate everything in the film is. I must also say that the two leads, Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld, are astonishing. If you could play Region-B "locked" discs, I urge you to consider importing Barbara .
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Overall 8
8.0

Barbara

Flicks
31 March 2014
  • Summary: In the recent past, communist-era Germany has served as the inspiration for entertaining crowd-pleasers such as Goodbye, Lenin! and The Lives of Others : the former poked fun at the phenomenon of ostalgie (nostalgia for East Germany), while the latter entered the world of Stasi spying to produce a paranoid Orwellian thriller.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

FILMDUDE
7 March 2013
  • Excerpt: "Barbara" has an austerity of style reminiscent of life in East Germany - nothing is explained or expounded upon, and the viewer is required to work out the situation for themselves as clues are gradually disclosed. Relationships are taut due to the difficulty in determining between informant and friend. Still, it's compelling to watch as intrigue builds.
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Overall 8
8.0

Barbara

Empire Online
19 January 2013
  • Conclusion: Tough and tender, it's the best Iron Curtain drama since The Lives Of Others.
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Overall 8
8.0

Barbara

totalfilm.com
19 September 2012
Overall 7
6.5
Movie overall 8
8.0
Extras 2
2.0

Barbara

dvd.nl
3 February 2014
  • Summary: De Oost-Duitse arts Barbara wordt verbannen naar een provincieziekenhuis, omdat ze een aanvraag voor een uitreisvisum heeft gedaan. Ze vertrouwt niemand meer, ook collega André niet, die juist probeert haar op haar gemak te stellen. Barbara is een sfeervol, bij vlagen indrukwekkend drama dat heel mooi de sfeer van wantrouwen uit de DDR in de jaren ’80 weet neer te zetten.
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