Less than propulsive as a narrative, but provocative, instructive, consistently surprising and a kind of slow-motion thriller.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2015-03-26
Hausner's film feels authentically quiet and slower-paced for the time period ...
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2015-03-18
It can be a strategically off-putting movie yet one that also steals under your skin scene by scene and through Ms. Schnoeink's slowly revealing performance as an ill-fated heroine turned future biographical footnote.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-03-18
One thing's certain: This is no swoony love story. It intoxicates all the same.
Keith Uhlich, Time Out, 2015-03-17
[writer-director Jessica Hausner has] made a bone-dry comedy of manners, finding absurdist humor in material most filmmakers would probably play straight.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-03-17
Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny ...
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, 2015-03-17
What really fascinates is the comedy of errors -- and manners -- that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue.
Justin Chang, Variety, 2015-03-10
The narrative screws of Hausner's screenplay are impressively tightened.
Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-03-10
The mise-en-scene is appropriately suffocating, marked by scrupulous production design and rigid, geometric framing, yet a savage, liberating wit lies beneath the surface.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2015-03-06
Despite being inspired by actual events, it all comes off more confounding than tragic or romantic.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2015-03-19
The colorful costumes and decor have more character than the blandly coached cast, and the stiff, tableau-like images are a vain artistic pose.
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2015-03-15