A Coffee In Berlin

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 21, 2014
    60
    A snappy, quirky German indie that will thrill fans of early Jim Jarmusch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 »