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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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For a film based around a lie, Transit has a strong narrative foundation, however, the indistinguishable time period, along with other questionable directorial choices, play too melodramatic to be memorable.
This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though.
The stultifying voiceover meant to nuance Georg's actions is only more evidence of Petzold's navel-gazing; and although it remains a nostalgic treat, his classical visual sense fails to organize the unruly material.
Lifting the story out of context in this way works in Petzold's favor, as Transit exists as neither a museum piece nor a harrowing depiction of the current refugee crisis, but rather a literary tale of displacement, identity, and seeking.
[The narrator] names the feeling they all share at that moment: shame. And we feel it, too. Shame that we still live in a world where a piece of paper can be the difference between life and liberty -- or death.