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The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019)



Critic Consensus: Grim to a fault, The Golden Glove embarks on a well-crafted but deeply unsavory descent into the depraved mind and rank brutality of a serial killer.

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From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg's red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the "Golden Glove," where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.


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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

Although psychological substance runs slim, Akin renders most mainstream depictions of degenerate minds lighthearted.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

A bleak, depressing attempt to remove all glorification or justification from the serial killer subgenre.

September 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Another in a long line of serial-killer dramas under the impression that it needs to be as ugly as its subject in order to be authentic, ultimately serving as further proof that verisimilitude isn't a virtue in and of itself.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Filmmakers can have a tough time distinguishing themselves in the crowded serial-killer genre. For Fatih Akin, the director of "The Golden Glove," the solution seems to have been making his movie as vomitous as possible.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

And while that opening scene is undoubtedly shocking, the cumulative effect of all this despair is ultimately even more unsettling.

September 24, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Even hardcore Akin devotees should proceed with caution, and be ready for disillusionment. The craftsmanship is there. But Akin's judgment has gone AWOL, and with it, his heart.

February 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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