Woyzeck (1979)

Utilizing the more grotesque elements of German expressionism, director Werner Herzog plunges us directly into the middle of his story of a soldier who is conditioned to be an unthinking killing machine. His one vestige of humanity is his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 28, 1991
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Woyzeck is, if possible, ever more mysterious by the time we reach the end than it is at the beginning.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Often painful but never truly affecting.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Handsomely mounting each scene, the director has trouble attaining any forward momentum, though he achieves some powerful moments while trying.

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Moira Sullivan

Klaus Kinski is exceptional and Herzog's narrative captivating.

Chicago Reader

The film seems to have been barely directed--the camera setups are relentlessly banal.

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Jaime N. Christley
Apollo Guide

Oppressive and unsatisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
I liked the parts of Woyzeck (Klaus Kinski's a m a z i n g performance and Werner Herzog's brilliant direction) but for some odd reason I didn't… More
Stephen M
Ridiculed by his superior officer, restricted to a diet of nothing but peas by his doctor, a confused, nervous and undernourished soldier is finally unhinged by… More
Anthony Lawrie
The combined raw acting talent of Kinski and the brilliance (and notably different directing style for this film) of Herzog combined makes this film great. It?s… More
Christopher Mercer
A classic play is made into a very good movie by the great Werner Herzog. A basic but fundamentally solid adaptation of the stage play, in which Klaus Kinski… More
Arash Xak
Intense & powerful, Kinski rules
Eric Broome
I was mildly disappointed with this one. Adapting a play confines Herzog mostly to room interiors, and keeps him away from the raw, natural vistas which he… More