Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)
Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978)

Having made as many films as he had years, at 31, Rainer Werner Fassbinder essayed a slightly different approach for his 32nd film, Despair. Here, he uses a witty screenplay written by the well-known playwright Tom Stoppard, based on a… More

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: December 30, 1988
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
71%
Flixster
User Score
77%


Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Fassbinder films life in the cosseted class as a masque of glass and mirrors, replete with alluring deceptions and suave surfaces that belie volcanic passions.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unpleasant but thoughtful and provocative psychodrama set in Berlin, in the 1930s.

Full review…
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Not one of [Fassbinder's] best.

Full review…
Time Out

Bold, garish and obsessive, but more than a little irritating.

Full review…
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Everything about Despair feels queasily off - the plot, the acting, the dialogue and the fussily over-decorated sets.

Full review…
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

Of the authorial trifecta that created Despair, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's voice is the most pronounced.

Full review…
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Stoppard script is a joy for anyone who likes the English language.

Full review…
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A superb surrealist noir.

Full review…
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A lambent house of cards

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
As Fassbinder's first film in English, this psychedelic drama may have an intriguing story but the direction is heavy-handed and lacks that conviction… More
Stefanie C
Personally, I think this is one of Bogarde's finest roles.