Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    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: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 28, 2012
    50
    Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 30, 2012
    70
    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: David Fear
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Aug 28, 2012
    60
    Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    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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