Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 5, 2012
    91
    With its persistent inventiveness and a lack of unearned sentimentality, the movie provides an antidote to a lot of lazily produced dramas about death, American or otherwise.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Mar 5, 2012
    88
    A boldly conceived assemblage of diverse and seemingly random fictional materials, Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg is concerned with nothing less than those hardy perennials: sex, death, and modernity. And coming of age a little too late.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    delightful, innovative, funny & alternative sad. more than 'the next big greek film' a great film. must see. the family dynamic, fun dancedelightful, innovative, funny & alternative sad. more than 'the next big greek film' a great film. must see. the family dynamic, fun dance steps and deep rooted fears are trascendent in this very fine movie. Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    7
    From a country that is trying to rediscover itself politically, financially and economically come a string of films (films such as Attenberg,From a country that is trying to rediscover itself politically, financially and economically come a string of films (films such as Attenberg, Dogtooth, Alps, L) that share a common style: they all feel to be void of the human emotional undercoat and delivering quirky, and somewhat perversely captivating material that might seem disjointed for those looking for a conventional storytelling but is rewarding for those who are looking for alternative manifestations of them. Full Review »
  3. POV
    Apr 3, 2011
    3
    An interesting, scenic painting of Greek landscape and urban microcosm. Interesting choice of making a coming of age story as confusing forAn interesting, scenic painting of Greek landscape and urban microcosm. Interesting choice of making a coming of age story as confusing for the audience as for the protagonist in the film. But hey, maybe thats a good thing, the confusion. Right?

    The cinematography is worthy of a TEN, no question. This is not about escapism, the colors, the contrast, the scenery sucked me in. But what about the nudity? Does 'but its EUROPEAN ergo it's okay' really explain all that needs to be explained? What about the dynamic in the homosexual exploration of the protagonist-why is that element unexamined, why does the director tie it in the growth of the protagonist?
    Too many 'what do I make of this' to make me take Attenberg more seriously than viewing it as an attempt for a euro art film.

    New Greek filmmakers like Tsangari have potential, but need to write and read and watch films more, so that films like Attenberg are one day soon taken as a good pat on the back, but not as finalized products of creativity.
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