Jerichow 2008

Critics score:
88 / 100

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Jonathan F. Richards, Petzoid takes the Cain themes of lust and duplicity and twists them into a reflection on modern Germany, where nationalism and loyalties and identity and economics are jumbled and thrown into confusion. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there's a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: This is silly romance. It's sillier suspense. But I'm not above saying I enjoyed it. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: So compact and controlled is this fine film. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: Viewers will be drawn in by Jerichow even if they aren't familiar with Cain's tale and the other movies it spawned. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It's easy to compare Jerichow with the films of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with the grimy gas station owner, the sexy wife and the rugged drifter, but people have a way of not behaving according to their superficial qualities. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it. Read more

Jason Anderson, Toronto Star: Jerichow is striking proof of the [Germany]'s resurgence as a hotbed of provocative new cinema. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: Read more

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice: Cain's novel, set in Depression-era America, finds a fitting update in the impoverished titular town of northeastern Germany. Read more