Run Lola Run

Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Produced by: X-Filme Creative Pool, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Arte

Distributed by: Sony

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 9, 1999
Viewing Location: Angelika, NYC Grade: A
Summary: It will leave you breathless.
This is the best foreign film I've ever seen. This movie is beautifully directed, and superbly executed. The pacing keeps you on the edge of your seat, as Lola runs, pretty much nonstop, through the whole film. The whole thing is set to some really cool high-bpm techno music. The one downside of the film is that it's all in German (not Dutch-- oops), and the subtitles are plain white text, which wash out against the background in a couple scenes. Fortunately the actual script is not all that important to the story. The story is not important, the delivery is, and WOW does it deliver. Highly recommended. Very exciting-- don't expect to sit back and relax.  

Review by tif Date seen: January 21, 2000
  Grade: A
Summary: Mmmmmm Fraaaaaaaaaanka
I really liked this movie a lot, enough to go out immediately afterwards and buy it on DVD and buy the soundtrack. I could say something goofy here about how Lola and Manni empower themselves to change their lives by running and screaming, but I won't. It's cooler just to think 'What If'. Everyone loves alternate realities. Everyone also loves skinny German redheads running in slow motion to kickass techno. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by Scalveg Date seen: January 21, 2000
Viewing Location: Silicon Valley Grade: B+
Summary: mmm techno
Strangely I got the soundtrack before I saw the movie. . o O ( I wonder why there are so many versions of the same song?)

In any case, definitely a good show. A compelling plot, good scenes that draw you in, and oh yeah did I mention the soundtrack rules? 

Review by hughjtoad Date seen: January 25, 2000
Viewing Location: sunnyvale, CA Grade: A
Summary: captivating
During the first part of this movie I kept looking at my watch in confusion - I was enjoying it immensely but I couldn't figure out where it was going to go after the first bit. Without spoiling anything I'll just say it went great places - I really liked it.  

Review by Brian Date seen: April 5, 2000
Viewing Location: My Living Room Grade: A
Summary: We've seen Lola run 9 times!!!

Chicks with guns. Joe Bob sez check it out.

A clever movie, it mixes several stylistic and effects elements nicely, it does clever things, and it has fun fun fun! The music works (unless you're my dad). Yeah, the subtitles are hard to read and you can tell it's a foreign film, but not in the annoying French film way.

It's in German, not Dutch (like Xibo sez) or French (like the box at Blockbuster sez). And the only part of the movie I didn't like was from another German movie, "Tin Drum". Wazzup with the screaming? 

A+ A+ A+
Review by gotmilk Date seen: September 22, 2002
Viewing Location: My Room Grade: A+
Summary: A Must See Movie!
"Run Lola Run" has got to be the best low budget independant foreign film I've ever seen. The cinematography was absolutely awesome! The directing, the characters, the stylistic effects, and the music made the film compelling and exhilarating. It's an exercise in kinetic energy, a film of nonstop motion and visual invention. This Film is ideal for showing alternate and parallel time lines. It's literal; we see Lola running, and so we accept her reality, even though the streets she runs through and the people she meets are altered in each story. The message is that the smallest events can have enormous consequences. "Run Lola Run" is essentially a film about itself, a closed loop of style. 

A+ A+ A+
Review by von den Feen Date seen: September 24, 2002
Viewing Location: Deutscheklasse Grade: A+
Summary: Absolutely wonderful
"Lola Rennt" (or, yes, "Run Lola Run") is a wonderful German film starring Franka Potente as the lead character. A literary film that challenges the viewer to think, "Lola Rennt" gives three possible outcomes: and doesn't say which one really happened. It shows how one person can affect so many others depending on one mere second in time. It's stylistic and doesn't give the viewer a chance to relax.

I particularly like the scene in the Casino, where Lola screams and screams.

And if you have a choice, opt for the subtitled version. It may take a bit getting used to, but I've heard the dubbed version is simply horrendous. 

A+ A+ A+
Review by valium Date seen: February 24, 2003
Viewing Location: ben's house, wellingborough Grade: A+
Summary: mmmmmmm german men!
well what do u know about time that the germans got a bit of credit! but not too much they are head strong! i think that it must be one of the best german films to have come out from germany ever! i thought that the music was perfect for the film and just wouldn't be the same with anything else, against the back drop of suburban berlin it was amazing. plus i want franka's hair! lola, lola ueber alles! 

B- B- B-
Review by Dream Date seen: March 24, 2003
Viewing Location: Dvd Grade: B-
Summary: Good soundtrack
I got the soundtrack long before ever seeing the movie, and unfortunately even after seeing the movie I still felt the soundtrack was the best part. The movie was good..but it was somewhat disjointed and felt incomplete. I'd probably see it again if it was playing at a friends house, but it's not something I'd go out of my way for. The soundtrack however..that was great! 

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