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  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    A thoughtfully conceived and tastefully executed tribute to a venerated author. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly. show more

  • 60
    Ian Nathan Empire

    With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald. While this one often struggles to do justice to his sense of grandeur and poetry, it'll be manna for fans of the German's work. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Look elsewhere if you want a linear timeline of Sebald's life or don't possess that titular virtue; everyone else will want to make a beeline to their local bookstore. show more

  • 60
    Xan Brooks The Guardian

    In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination. show more

  • 90
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    If he is a self-revealing writer, it is not in the usual, confessional sense, but rather because he seems so strongly present in his books, with a personality that is both the source and aftereffect of the prose. show more

  • 80
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Gee follows Sebald's path with only occasional detours, while intermittently glimpsed talking heads fade in and out of artful black-and-white landscapes. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Patience reveals through images and tone as well as through the interviews how Sebald yearned for restorative meaning in the places he toured, only to end up lost in thought. show more

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