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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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  1. ChadS.
    Sep 26, 2002
    7
    "Code Unknown" has two scenes with the capacity to awe, both involving Anne(Juliette Binoche) in contact with a minority. With the Black, she never stops to ask her lover's brother if he was in the wrong, and with the Arab, one perfunctory greeting of "hello," or half-smile could've defused the tension that led to a nasty confrontation fraught with the suggestion of class and/or "Code Unknown" has two scenes with the capacity to awe, both involving Anne(Juliette Binoche) in contact with a minority. With the Black, she never stops to ask her lover's brother if he was in the wrong, and with the Arab, one perfunctory greeting of "hello," or half-smile could've defused the tension that led to a nasty confrontation fraught with the suggestion of class and/or race consciousness. We're forced to examine Anne's attitude towards minorities because the second incident suggests a pattern. The cops that harass the Black man might've been less aggressive if Anne allowed him to tell his story. She has two faces. The second face is a visage of elitism to that Arab, and that Black. What exists outside of these two brilliant scenes, range from middling to piddling. But Haneke's use of deaf children as a framing device and a scene in which he tracks the three main characters with accompaniment by a soundtrack of strophic percussions ultimately makes "Code Unknown" a more-than worthwhile film. Expand
  2. JeffV.
    Dec 29, 2001
    9
    One of the year's best films.
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    7
    Michael Haneke's 'Code Unknown' is he type of movie that the viewer earns as much as they put in. Every scene starts in the midst of its own premise, and with enough assumption and even more inference, one can discern what is going on, but only with preset motives (and as far as narrative goes, that is as far as I will delve...) Despite the narrative ubiquituies, the film covers someMichael Haneke's 'Code Unknown' is he type of movie that the viewer earns as much as they put in. Every scene starts in the midst of its own premise, and with enough assumption and even more inference, one can discern what is going on, but only with preset motives (and as far as narrative goes, that is as far as I will delve...) Despite the narrative ubiquituies, the film covers some expansive issues - race relations, poverty, war, forced perspective, love - it would be detracting to say this movie encompasses anything less than holism throughout its 'cause.' The downside to this cinematic ideal is that the movie doesn't really contain a wholesome message that can radiate in any form; the presence of every concept is there, but despite whatever message, there always has to be some anecdotal tether to keep any interest in the given perspective. So once again, with enough knowledge of the ideas present, and with the ability to rise above dramatic cues and seize every situation at hand, this movie can be more effecting than any empirical literature - but I suppose that would be pretentious, wouldn't it? (Even assuming any of my friends read this far, it's only a matter of drunken pretense.......) Expand

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
74

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. I couldn't always keep up with what was happening, but I was never bored, and the questions raised reflect the mysteries of everyday life.
  2. Haneke illuminates beautifully the lives of his people with an eye for the revealing nuance and detail.
  3. Code Unknown is a film you think more than feel. Though each scene is executed close to flawlessly, the cumulative effect is often oppressive. But at the center of the film -- the real reason it was made -- is Binoche, one of the genuinely radiant presences in movies today.