Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Aug 28, 2012
    Best known until now for Oscar-winning holocaust drama "The Counterfeiters," Karl Markovics flexes his muscles on the other side of the camera with terrific effect. A fine, moving debut for the new writer/director.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 28, 2012
    The "breathing" of the title becomes a cleverly recurrent motif, and Markovics's script circles around the themes of death and life in thoughtful and elegant ways: it is a well-carpentered screenplay which bears every sign of having been a labour of love, worked on fruitfully over many years.
  3. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 28, 2012
    An Austrian actor whose Easter-Island mug has graced movies such as the Oscar-nominated "The Counterfeiters" (2007), Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 30, 2012
    The new film's strongest point is the assured performance by Schubert, who's in nearly every frame. Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives Breathing added depth.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 30, 2012
    As a collaboration Breathing owes much to the balanced compositions, lucid imagery and judicious use of color executed by Mr. Gschlacht, who brought a similarly clear gaze to morally fraught work by other Austrian directors (Götz Spielmann's "Revanche," Jessica Hausner's "Lourdes," Michael Glawogger's "Slumming").
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Aug 28, 2012
    Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
  7. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 28, 2012
    Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 4, 2012
    A film of unreconciled impulses, Breathing is by turns vaguely sentimental and cooly detached in a manner that's ultimately more off-putting than it is complementary.

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