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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
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  1. A beautiful period piece, set against one of the world's glorious cities, adding poignancy. Twists and turns heighten a gradually accruing effect, building to a risky moment of truth, a coup de théâtre that is as daring as it is satisfying.
  2. Moments of black comedy break up the melodrama – a newsreel depicts the song's "victims" and a Nazi secretary rages against her Duden grammar manual – but the overall tone is still that of a four-alarm weeper.
  3. 75
    It's an old-fashioned romantic triangle, told with schmaltzy music on the sound track and a heroine with a smoky singing voice, and then the Nazis turn up and it gets very complicated and heartbreaking.
  4. Is it possible for an historically -based Holocaust movie to be schmaltzy? This one sure comes close.
  5. 60
    Gloomy Sunday's success in transcending its own clichés and conventionality -- at least until the morose finale -- is due in part to the story's primal romantic pull, aided by attractive actors who either stare longingly into each other's eyes or cavort in states of undress.
  6. Who knew that one of Billie Holiday's most haunting songs was written in Budapest in the 1930s? I didn't until I saw Gloomy Sunday, a German film, shot in Hungary and directed by Rolf Schubel, that I enjoyed quite a lot, even though it's all over the map in more ways than one.
  7. 40
    There's a whiff of exploitation about any movie that claims the Holocaust as a “backdrop,” and Rolf Schübel’s treacly tale of three men lovesick for the same blue-eyed beauty fairly reeks of it.

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  1. GeorgeG.
    Sep 22, 2006
    10
    An exquisite homage to Casablanca, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, and Schindler's List, this film transcends them all and enacts An exquisite homage to Casablanca, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, and Schindler's List, this film transcends them all and enacts a separate peace (and vengeance) of its own. Expand

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