Four Minutes
Four Minutes (2007)

An embittered, 80-year-old piano teacher working in a women's prison takes on the most challenging student in her enduring career in director Chris Kraus' low-key musical drama. For years, Miss Krueger (Monica Bleibtreu) has been… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This riveting German drama set in a women's prison has the strong foundation of a solid script and psychologically resonant performances across the board.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

So relentlessly oppressive it suffocates its potentially strong themes and characterizations.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Pitched at deafening hysteria, Chris Kraus's film might have fared better in moderato.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Potent tale...one of the ten best films released in 2008

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It's part Jerry Lee Lewis and part Glenn Gould.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Four Minutes is simply not to be missed.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Credit goes to writer-director Chris Kraus and his remarkable leads for making any such complaints about the story's familiar nature moot.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A women-behind-bars plot seething with lesbianism, incest, hanging and catfights -- on paper, at least, Four Minutes promises more fun than a Roger Corman marathon.

Julia Wallace
Village Voice

Although the tone of the film drifts precariously toward the self-serious, writer/director Chris Kraus redeems himself with snatches of dark jailhouse humor and a quiet attentiveness to minute gradations of human feeling.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Underneath the harshness and the severity there is a thick, spongey layer of pure Hollywood schmaltz, and the movie runs on predictable lines.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Pedro Holanda
The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others Touching The story of how a piano teacher has her life changed and changes the life of her student… More
Daisy Maduro
Vier Minuten was a powerful German movie, the story of two women who had nothing in common but their passion for music. The beginning was quite confusing, but… More
Cynthia S.
A little slow at times, but all in all a really good movie. The girl the movie is based around is really psychotic, but amazingly talented. I feel so sorry for… More
Erin Collins
Pretty good movie - the acting was good and the story was believable.
Walter M.
In "Four Minutes," Traude(Monica Bleibtreu) volunteers her services as a piano teacher at the same prison where she worked as a nurse during World War… More
Ina S
Absolutely amazing, amazing, amazing German film. The performances alone are worth seeing this, Monica Bleibtreu and Hannah Herzsprung proof once more why… More