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63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 13, 2014
    88
    What is truly delightful about the film is its loopy, gently slapstick sense of humor, its use of continuous running gags that pay off cumulatively (no small feat), and the dreamy sense that Schilling's somnambulism is pierced through only by the insane incomprehensible behavior of others.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 16, 2014
    83
    This understated indie deepens its portrait of growing up by suggesting, ultimately, that anyone who thinks wasting time is a reasonable course of action needs to wake up.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 16, 2014
    80
    This day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jan 21, 2014
    80
    Jan Ole Gerster’s deceptively slender character study has a complex undertow, subtly linking its wallflower anti-hero’s acceptance of his failings with his country’s wider atonement for its World War II past.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jul 11, 2014
    75
    It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action. It urges the audience to consider this small story in a broader context.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 19, 2014
    75
    The film's surprising, enveloping jazz score is often deliberately at odds with Niko's moody outlook.
  7. 75
    An engaging take on a drifting character at an age when we’re all adrift.
  8. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jun 26, 2014
    70
    In spite of its insufferably whimsical tendencies — exemplified by its original title, "Oh Boy" — the film may have turned out to be a deeply profound modern postscript about fascism. This isn't that far-fetched a reading at all.
  9. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jun 12, 2014
    70
    If A Coffee in Berlin has its own kind of formula and a romanticism that reads as both youthful and obscuring, it nevertheless absorbs you and makes you wonder what Mr. Gerster will do next.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    A delightfully unforced comedy with a sure grasp of character and setting.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Zhuravsy
    Jun 16, 2014
    67
    A Coffee in Berlin is watchable and far from dumb, but the film embodies Niko's lack of clarity to the point where it hurts the picture.
  12. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Jun 10, 2014
    60
    Gerster and Schilling are more successful when they allow Niko's behavior to be their main subject.
  13. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 21, 2014
    60
    A snappy, quirky German indie that will thrill fans of early Jim Jarmusch.
  14. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Jan 21, 2014
    60
    It’s all rather charming, though, since leading man Schilling remains affable while never underselling this kindly yet feckless dropout’s sheer spinelessness.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jul 10, 2014
    50
    So where does that leave this coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster? Somewhere in the middle, lukewarm and inoffensive, trying hard not to be plebeian or pretentious.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jun 10, 2014
    50
    Sporadically amusing and sprinkled with a fine silt of truth that helps elevate Niko above the movie around him, A Coffee In Berlin is at its best when it rolls up the blueprints and lets its hero figure things out for himself.
  17. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    Jan Ole Gerster seems infatuated with his main character, but to little avail beyond reveling in his aimless despair.
  18. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Jan 21, 2014
    40
    This debut for German writer-director Jan Ole Gerster seemingly aims to transplant a mumblecore aesthetic into Berlin, with all the requisite aimless hipsters, whimsical touches and rambling narrative dips and dives; but someone forgot to add spontaneity or edge.
  19. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 12, 2014
    25
    A tedious exercise in tedium.
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  1. Dec 18, 2014
    5
    Cinema blasé at its most cliched and heavy handed in its absurdism. It's entertaining in spite of itself, though. The black and whiteCinema blasé at its most cliched and heavy handed in its absurdism. It's entertaining in spite of itself, though. The black and white cinematography sets the mood early on for a dreary, colorless story about caricatures of people going through their daily lives doing their thing, a trope of minimalist cinema we've already seen done much more subtle and effective. The main character is about the closest thing to a snot-nosed movie-equivalent Camus I can think of. He's a protagonist that is so lacking in personality that he actually compliments the tone of the film by being just as unaffected and aloof as the plot is. He goes about his day and nothing is urgent or striking, in spite of the fact that he seems to be at a crossroads of sorts. He shows little concern over his father cutting him off. Soon he'll have to get a job. He doesn't sweat it, not even a bit. This attitude of 'meh' leads to every encounter, regardless of how potentially engaging, resulting in little more than a vignette. This slack dramatic gravitas doesn't hold our attention. More so, it allows our minds to wander in and out of the picture, which isn't a terrible quality; certain audiences are known to relish this disaffected approach. There are moments of smirk-worthy humor and there aren't any overt errors, but it's just so unambitious that A Coffee in Berlin fails to leave a substantial emotional impact of any kind. Not a bad Sunday morning when you're lounging in your PJ's sipping Earl Gray and watching the rain fall outside. In fact, that sounds quite nice. Full Review »