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Transit Reviews

December 20, 2019
Once Transit's bitterly ironic vision takes hold, it eats into the mind.
December 20, 2019
An audacious reminder that there's more than one way to adapt a so-called "period" novel for a new era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 19, 2019
It's beguiling and kind of a labyrinth of a movie... Very timely.
August 16, 2019
It doesn't always click (a scene involving a suicidal dog minder is a bit arch), but the dauntless ambition is never in doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2019
While the voltage of the film starts sputtering out, there's still value to Petzold's ideas, and on a scene-to-scene basis he's capable of back-pocket inspiration like few others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2019
The strangeness of this story will live in your bloodstream like a virus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2019
Atmospherically the film resembles Camus's The Plague without Camus: stasis and rumination in a sun-bleached Mediterranean port.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 13, 2019
With so many layers to unpack, this one stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 9, 2019
If the minimalism of Robert Bresson and the hopeless romance of 'Casablanca' are touchpoints, they echo only faintly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2019
...a profound meditation on the dehumanizing condition of statelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2019
Transit" is a multi-layered and intelligent thriller from a director who masters every move he makes.
April 10, 2019
Christian Petzold is a gifted director...but here he mistakes narrative complexity for dramatic rigour. The film didn't need the existential ponderings. The cake was rich enough without the icing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2019
It's a demanding film, but gives a lot in return.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2019
Maybe the place is the point - the story notes that Marseilles is a port city, and "ports are places where stories are told." Stories of survival and escape, but more often, of frustration and heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2019
Transit could have been a comedy that Camus might appreciate...The movie haunts, but more in theory than in fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 11, 2019
Christian Petzold's "Transit" is a fascinating paradox: an anti-romantic romance. It may have the surface trappings of a "Casablanca," but it's closer to "Vertigo."
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 8, 2019
Provocative, even startling, and more edifying than you might expect.
March 6, 2019
"Transit" touchingly illuminates the close bonds that can form within migrant communities, even as it refuses to harbor any illusions about how easily those bonds can be broken.
March 5, 2019
It's a story whose fatalistic ending has the impact of something that, like a repetition of the Holocaust, feels simultaneously unexpected and, devastatingly, preordained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2019
Devoid of pretty speeches and old-fashioned melodrama, Transit is a hellish little misery of a movie. That's a compliment.
February 28, 2019
In Transit, the past is prologue... and it's devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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February 28, 2019
An utter beguilement, tied closely to characters whose motives and feelings are not entirely obvious, even to them.
February 28, 2019
By turns intimate and expansive, "Transit" is a thrilling, at times harrowing labyrinth of a movie.
February 22, 2019
Sitting through "Transit" is like watching an anti-"Casablanca," so diligent is Petzold in the draining of romantic hopes, and there were times when I dreamed that Claude Rains would stroll in and order a champagne cocktail.
November 8, 2018
The dreamlike quality to the narrative just adds to the general state of confusion. It's a radical concept and it mostly works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2018
...the characters' very realistic reactions to the increasingly encroaching violence means their stories hit home.
Top Critic
September 13, 2018
Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 8, 2018
Petzold commits to the premise's melodrama without relying upon high-key emotion.
September 5, 2018
With Transit, director Christian Petzold creates a Second World War adventure that is not a sentimental costume drama and a contemporary political parable that is not a didactic sermon -- and produces a highly entertaining film into the bargain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2018
More evidence of [Petzold's] confidence and skill as a director.
February 20, 2018
The film's main gimmick - more successful than not - compounds the extent to which these characters were slippery constructs to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 19, 2018
Challenging but rewarding arthouse fare.
Top Critic
February 19, 2018
"Transit" invites viewers to trace their own speculative connections between Seghers' narrative and the contemporary rise in neo-Nazism and anti-refugee sentiment, all while its surtext remains achingly moving.