“There’s no escaping that [this] film will jerk tears, but it doesn’t deserve the pejorative label that might suggest…Felix von Groeningen seems to innately understand that sorrow truthfully communicated and shared can be cathartic, rather than depressing.” — The Playlist‘s Jessica Kiang, filing from the Karlovy Film festival.

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Tribeca Film, 11.1) is the cinematic equivalent of a great album that gets played at a funeral. Ultimately it’s a celebration; but the heartbreaking melancholy of love and life lost bleeds out of every note.” — Graffiti With Punctuation‘s Blake Howard.