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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Mar 8, 2013
    75
    The movie examines the possibility of maintaining one's humanity in a truly oppressive society.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O Malley
    Mar 6, 2013
    88
    Petzold is a master at creating the kind of tension that can be felt on a subterranean level, a sort of acute uneasiness that can't be easily diagnosed, fixed, or even acknowledged by the characters. This is well-trod ground for Petzold, but never has it been so fully realized, so palpable, as in Barbara.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 7, 2013
    90
    The whole film is an exercise in trust and the lack thereof. In the end, it’s a kind of horror film, really, a reminder that these sorts of things were endured by so many for so long, with hope an unlikely ally.