Agnes and His Brothers
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The Tschirn brothers have their share of problems. Middle brother Hans-Jörg (Moritz Bleibtreu of Run Lola Run) is a librarian who neglects his duties in order to ogle every attractive woman that enters his workplace. His clumsy efforts to make conversation with them go nowhere. He takes his fetishistic peeping a step further, following women into the ladies room so he can sit in the next stall and pleasure himself while he spies on them. Older brother Werner (Herbert Knaup), a successful Green Party politico, would seem to be a bit more together, but his home life is in shambles. His wife,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after. But the actors give it force and depth."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"In shuttling between drama and farce, more than a few balls get dropped."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Has much to recommend"
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"[The film] isn't especially engaging, despite a quietly charismatic performance by Weiss, a relative newcomer who holds his own against far more experienced actors."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effectively mixes humor with melodrama to deliver an absorbing look at 3 brothers with enormous emotional problems."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The film's outrageousness would be more palatable if leavened with more wit, or if the characterizations possessed more nuances."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There's fierce energy and -- thanks to the performances -- affecting emotion in the movie that almost makes you forget that Rainer Werner Fassbinder told a similar story much better 28 years ago with In a Year with 13 Moons."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Neither Agnes nor his brothers ever feel real enough to truly shock."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Where Roehler spends the most time, it seems, is with Werner, whose story evolves from satiric parody to compelling family drama -- there are few scenes more satisfying than when he takes a chainsaw to his son's marijuana crop."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Just as the characters are underthought, the storylines are incongruently pieced together."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"About halfway through, however, the story takes on more than it can handle, turning contrived and unbelievable in the process."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"some of the best acting to come out of Germany since before the Nazis took over."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Fitfully engaging but narratively messy."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"While the script has the occasional hiccough, the impeccable performances of the three actors actually make us care for these dysfunctional brothers."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
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