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March 09, 2013
This is an excellent film! I loved the acting, directing, writing and especially the cinematography. Barbara reminded me of the foreign films that they used to make during the 70s and 80s. In other words, this is not a political film like The Prophet or No. This is a character-driven film.
January 21, 2013
Well acted film showing what life was like in the oppressive society of communist East Germany. Much of the film is without dialogue and it helps if you know omething of the incessant surveillance under this regime. Nina Hoss is superb and beautiful and the entire cast is brilliant. See this film!
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The Hollywood Reporter
A slow-burning Cold War drama that will reward patient viewers with its ultimate emotional payoff. Full Review
In the vein of such recent classics as "The Lives of Others" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Christian Petzold's Barbara re-visits the quiet, everyday tragedies of the Iron Curtain era, when paranoia ran deep and for very good reasons. Full Review
The whole film is an exercise in trust and the lack thereof. In the end, it’s a kind of horror film, really, a reminder that these sorts of things were endured by so many for so long, with hope an unlikely ally. Full Review
Though maybe a bit too stiff and straight-laced, Barbara is a frequently subtle, moderately interesting character study set in a grievous East Germany during the 1980s. Full Review
Time Out New York
Despite being the subject of nearly every shot in the film, Hoss maintains an air of mystery, simultaneously projecting severity, sensitivity and sensuousness throughout. Full Review