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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 10, 2012
    90
    If he is a self-revealing writer, it is not in the usual, confessional sense, but rather because he seems so strongly present in his books, with a personality that is both the source and aftereffect of the prose.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 9, 2012
    83
    Patience reveals through images and tone as well as through the interviews how Sebald yearned for restorative meaning in the places he toured, only to end up lost in thought.
  3. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 8, 2012
    60
    Look elsewhere if you want a linear timeline of Sebald's life or don't possess that titular virtue; everyone else will want to make a beeline to their local bookstore.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 8, 2012
    80
    Gee follows Sebald's path with only occasional detours, while intermittently glimpsed talking heads fade in and out of artful black-and-white landscapes.
  5. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 8, 2012
    60
    In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination.
  6. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    May 8, 2012
    60
    With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald. While this one often struggles to do justice to his sense of grandeur and poetry, it'll be manna for fans of the German's work.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 11, 2012
    75
    A thoughtfully conceived and tastefully executed tribute to a venerated author.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    May 8, 2012
    88
    A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
  9. Reviewed by: Sam Wigley
    May 8, 2012
    80
    As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly.

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