Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities)
Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities) (1974)

Phillip is a roving German reporter who, after a chance encounter with an elusive American woman, reluctantly accepts temporary custody of little Alice. Phillip takes Alice in hand on a trek across Germany to locate the girl's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 3, 1974
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

With this film, Wenders crystallized his style of existential sentimentality.

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Fernando F. Croce

Wenders' salient, head-clearing travelogue

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Touching but never sentimental.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There are points when the director allows his voice to ring a little loudly from behind the camera, but the richness and depth of both the photography and the characterisation manage to brush any signs of preachiness and sentimentality from view.

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Cole Smithey

Only just barely.

Tim Robey
Independent (UK)

Hauntingly photographed by Robbie Müller, it's one of this hugely uneven filmmaker's crispest, finest moments.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a simple story beautifully and poignantly told

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It takes a long time for Wenders to get where he wants to go but it's worth the wait... .

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

The fragmentary approach could never be called exhilarating, but it has a sly humour, and the mood is sustained by Vogler and Rottlander as the unlikely companions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
The innocent curiosity of a child against the cynicism and disinterest of an adult. All about rambling, clashing and finally bonding. Beautiful film.
Eric Broome
It's easy to imagine complaints that "nothing happens" in this nearly two-hour film from the young Wim Wenders, but its pacing is so perfect --… More
Stella Dallas
there are many films in this genre going back at least as far as chaplin's 'the kid.' i'll still say without hesitation that this is my… More
John Ballantine
Wenders' "American" film is a very charming story about an unlikely friendship between a broke reporter and a child that has been left in his… More
Stephen M
Phil Winter (Rüdiger Vogler), a German journalist with a bad case of writer's block, decides to fly home from New York to finish an article he is writing… More
Anthony Valletta
A fantastic road movie from Wim Wenders.