Woyzeck
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Controversial German director Werner Herzog helmed this cinematization of Woyzeck, playwright Georg Büchner's anti-military tale of depersonalization run amok. Utilizing the more grotesque elements of German expressionism, combined with his own sense of the outrageous, Herzog plunges us directly into the middle of his story of a soldier (Klaus Kinski) who is conditioned to be an unthinking killing machine through lab experimentation. His one vestige of humanity is his love for the beautiful Marie (Eva Mattes), but even this is corrupted when he is goaded into murdering the girl. An earlier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Woyzeck is, if possible, ever more mysterious by the time we reach the end than it is at the beginning."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Often painful but never truly affecting."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Handsomely mounting each scene, the director has trouble attaining any forward momentum, though he achieves some powerful moments while trying."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Klaus Kinski is exceptional and Herzog's narrative captivating."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"The film seems to have been barely directed--the camera setups are relentlessly banal."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Oppressive and unsatisfying."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
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