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: June 9, 2007
DVD 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.

Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Potent 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.

Michael Dequina

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

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