The Wall


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 4, 2013
    The Wall is no endurance test; rather, it presents the facts of the case, adding an eerie low hum to the soundtrack whenever Gedeck's character edges near her outer limits.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 3, 2013
    A sublime meditation on solitude.
  3. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Jul 5, 2013
    Julian Roman Pölsler's bewitching debut manages to be at once a creepy sci-fi parable, a feminist Robinson Crusoe and a clear-eyed ode to the wonders of nature experienced in solitude. Walden pond with added wall.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jul 5, 2013
    Call it a landlocked variant on Robinson Crusoe, but it’s a hypnotic one, with a sense of mystery and interior life that are all its own.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 12, 2013
    The Wall is a remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.
  6. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    Sep 19, 2013
    Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet also curiously stirring, The Wall (“Die Wand”) is a stunning tale of isolation and survival that unfolds in a wild and silent world.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 22, 2013
    Pölsler’s film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow.
  8. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 30, 2013
    The Wall winds up as a captivating fable, an end-times scenario that’s more about the survival of the spirit than the body.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 30, 2013
    The photography is often lovely, and Ms. Gedeck convincingly portrays a woman who as the ordeal stretches on month after month seems to be gradually losing her individuality and blending into the landscape.
  10. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 31, 2013
    The Wall seems to be telling the story about assimilation, about a woman who accepts her lot and attempts to persevere through the cruelest of conditions, an unspoken martyr. Perhaps it would carry much more power had she not been so chatty.
  11. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Jul 5, 2013
    The sci-fi premise seems preposterous, but get beyond that and Gedeck’s predicament absorbs.
  12. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jul 1, 2013
    Bold and beautiful, this is a mystery worth puzzling over.
  13. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 28, 2013
    Though complementary, the pic’s images and voiceover never quite fuse into a single whole.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 28, 2013
    For all its stellar nature photography, its low hum of suspense, and Gedeck's raw and affecting performance, the film often feels like an illustrated audiobook rather than narrative drama.
  15. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 28, 2013
    Though its blanketed voiceover narration can be too on-the-nose—it’s a metaphor, we get it—the film packs a psychic punch, thanks to Gedeck’s spectrally wearied face.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 5, 2013
    Haushofer’s book may be a classic, but this is the least imaginative way of filming it imaginable, short of simply pointing the camera at a copy and rapidly flipping the pages.
  17. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    May 28, 2013
    There's plenty of time for the viewer to muse on what The Wall might or might not symbolize -- when events finally take an abruptly surprising and violent turn, the tonal shift is unsatisfyingly awkward.
  18. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    May 27, 2013
    We may find out how Gedeck's character reacts to her isolation, but we're never privy to her actual feelings, largely because in a film about a sudden onset of solitude, Pölsler is far too afraid of silence.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    While browsing on imdb for interesting scifi flicks to watch I stumbled upon this Austrian science fiction film. A scifi concept movie IWhile browsing on imdb for interesting scifi flicks to watch I stumbled upon this Austrian science fiction film. A scifi concept movie I should say: there are no lasers or spaceships or any other hi-tech stuff to be seen. A woman (her name is never mentioned) goes on weekend in a mountain cabin with and elderly couple. The couple leaves to take a walk but never returns. Reason: the Wall or 'Die Wand', an energy forcefield which keeps everything from going out or comming in. This leaves this woman completely cut off from civilization, society and basically everything she knows and loved. Obviously this is what this film is about. It's not about explaining why this wall is there or who built it or for what reason. It's about the mental, emotional and ethical problems that arise when there is no more society to live, work and function in. This film was apparently based on a successful 1963 Austrian novel. The whole film is told via the voice-over of the woman (she never has any direct dialogue) and all the acting is delivered through expressions or actions. This was smart on the part of the filmmakers coz it works well and it feels a lot like a book. Although the film lasts only 103 mins it does have a slow pace, but like a book you have to take time to see it at the pace it's intended too. Recommended! Full Review »