"An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling ... From its first moments, there's no turning away from this movie."
-- Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS - Rare is the thriller that is more about the reasons of people instead of the needs of the plot."
-- Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
"Powerful ... Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life."
-- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS - Revanche was a foreign-language Oscar nominee this year, and it's a better movie than most of the films in the main race ... There's a moral beauty in the film's consideration of violence and vengeance."
-- Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
"A revenge thriller driven by God, goodness and mercy."
-- Ella Taylor, National Public Radio
"Revanche is life affirming without a moment of false sentiment ... Spielmann avoids superficial suspense, offering beauty and concentration, to revive what cinema is really about."
-- Armond White, The New York Press
"A film that simmers within you days after viewing ... as restrained as it is ravishing."
-- Jeff Meyers, Detroit Metro Times
"Revanche slowly generates an incongruous warmth, in which the question of blame cedes to the notion that tragedy doesn’t obliterate as much as it seems to - and that there’s work to do once life goes on."
-- Ted Scheinman, Washington City Paper
"A film noir that refuses to abide by the old Hollywood rules ... this movie gets great mileage from an ending you never see coming."
-- David Lamble, The Bay Area Reporter
"Nothing short of revelatory, a non-dogmatic and warmly humanist morality tale, a weirdly funny character study, and a revenge tale that’s oddly, breathtakingly soft."
-- Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"FOUR STARS - Spielmann brings a Haneke-like precision to Revanche ... [Its] surprises are a shame to ruin."
-- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
“One of the year's best dramas ... a thing of sheer beauty, with the components of each individual scene - composition, rhythm, performances, stray bits of business - all so perfectly judged that their cumulative force sneaks up on you."
Mike D’Angelo, The Nashville Scene
"One of the most satisfyingly complete human dramas of the past few years."
-- Ken Eisner, Straight.com
“Subtle, poignant and thoroughly captivating.”
-- Valerie Crawford Pfannhauser, The Vienna Review
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS - Just about perfect."
-- Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"More than deserved its Academy Award nomination ... [Its] terse but richly suggestive style serves to underline the deeper spiritual dimension of the film, which becomes apparent as it unfolds."
-- James Steffen, Dreams and Pomp
"Presents stories on a human scale which create a sense of wonder about how strange life can be ... There are connections which I wouldn't dream of spoiling; watching them unfold is one of the great pleasures of this quiet film."
-- Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:STL
"Impressive ... Spielmann may be the first director since Tarkovsky so attuned to the role environments play in a narrative."
-- Sam C. Mac, In Review Online
"Darkly compelling ... Its carefully plotted, convincing scenario will leave you with a lot on your mind."
-- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
"Deserves comparison with grade-A Hitchcock."
-- John Hartl, The Seattle Times
"Directed with terrific control and economy of means ... Revanche gets its hooks into you early and leaves them there."
-- Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS ... A film of carefully strained pulp and rigorously controlled intrigue."
-- Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune
"Recalls a sort of filmmaking out of vogue since Bresson and Kieslowski - a cinema of moral consequence."
-- Brian Miller, The Seattle Weekly
"Something quiet, complex and unexpected ... a moral tragi-tale sans heroes and villains."
-- Henry Stewart, The L Magazine
"From the moral and emotional intensity expressed so eloquently in Revanche, Mr. Spielmann seems to be an auteur of the first rank."
-- Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS - Sustains a palpable fatalism ... The final twist is a bracing reminder that a film that refuses to hold our hand can still have a payoff."
-- Joe Williams, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Unfolds quietly and methodically with astonishing twists and turns ... an intriguing, mesmerizing film."
-- Diane Carson, KDHX
"Spielmann provides no easy solution to the emotional problems inherent in the themes of revenge, remorse, and guilty desire ... It's a deliberately paced, intelligent film aimed at an adult audience, something we don't get enough of these days."
-- Andrew Jefchak, The Grand Rapids Press
"Riveting ... Every image in [Revanche] is like an itchy finger on a trigger."
-- Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
“A superb existential thriller that haunts you long after you’ve left the theater ... Avoiding cheap sentimentality and one of those scores that pushes buttons, Spielmann’s set piece will draw you in.”
-- Yama Rahimi, IONCINEMA.com
"A taut yet unpredictable psychological thriller ... Revanche reveals Spielmann as a true master of his craft."
-- Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle
"FOUR STARS - Spellbinding ... One of the best films to come out of Austria this decade."
-- Chris Cabin, contactmusic.com
"With this film, it can be confidently said that Austria’s greatest director isn’t Michael Haneke, but Götz Spielmann, who’s made a stunning work that ideally balances powerful drama, ingenious storytelling, precise casting and pure cinema."
Robert Koehler, filmjourney.org
"THREE AND-A-HALF STARS - Thoroughly original and cumulatively potent ... Revanche gets under your skin and stays there for days."
-- Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun
"Beautiful, haunting, and touching ... a heartbreaking film where revenge is sought, but a second chance is the real prize."
-- David Harris, Spectrum Culture
“[A] gorgeous, brooding, unpredictable neo-noir ... it’s dynamite.”
Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
"Revanche is the kind of taut, thinking-adult's drama that America stopped producing 30 years ago.”
Darren Hughes, longpauses.com