“Handsomely lensed and intelligently performed…”
“Made with sensitivity, skill and honesty.”
“A sensitive, compassionate and engagingly unsentimental portrait of two boys and their rather brutal plight”
"Channeled through one strong child, this is crystal-clear social criticism. Outstanding."
"Jack's ways are more urgent, more insistent, literally more 'needy.' Which means that Jack's breathing becomes the underlying melody of the drama that is accentuated by symphonic string sounds at only two spots […] Jack is a hero who, despite his distress, is drawn in a very dignified and complex manner."
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
"It's hard to look this film in the eye – but it's also hard not to."
"'Jack' is all the more intense through its reticence."
"'Jack' is a film that is amazingly uncompromising. Ivo Pietzcker is a stroke of luck for Berger's particular narrative style, in which large parts of the story unfold only in his face."
"Edward Berger sketches the moving portrait of a child in a brutal, indifferent, overwhelmed world. As the boy, Ivo Pietzcker is exceptionally impressive – a discovery!"
"Jack is a strong film hero. He deserves respect, not sentimentality or maudlin displays of concern."
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
"A Berlin film worth seeing"
"The film 'Jack' thrives from this perspective."
"'Jack' is pure cinema, in the sense that one lets pictures speak rather than deliver explanations; one looks in vain for superfluous 'beauty shots' – there's not a gram of fat on the bones of this story."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Jack becomes a Charlie Chaplin, or, more appropriately, a Charles Dickens character 2.0, but without any comedic elements and milieu romanticism."
"'Jack' is the best type of German sociological cinema, without any ifs and buts.'Jack' is a drama that literally goes under your skin. You'll find it hard to pull away, but then again, you won't want to. Young Ivo Pietzcker's performance is stupendous: he acts as if he weren't being followed by a camera."Mitteldeutsche Zeitung"Grippingly authentic"
"Berger's film is weighty and decisive"
TAZ Die Tageszeitung
"Edward Berger's 'Jack' is utterly convincing, a big movie about little kids."
"Director Berger […] manages not to make a didactic film by pointing a morally righteous index finger at anyone."
"An uncommon film. A small sensation"
"Powerful and impressive German cinema with an outstanding main actor"