"A tender, moving film akin to Emir Kusturica ... with the wistfulness of an Aki Kaurismäki ... A little poetic, a little melancholy: A powerful ensemble drama about creatures of the night, scarred, but still full of dreams."
"Dark Satellites“ is an overwhelming film about failed existences who find happiness in little things."
"Dark Satellites“ gives us an insight into the world and biographies of often-overlooked city-dwellers, in gripping and moving style."
"A melancholy episodic drama ... with excellent cast. Highly recommended."
"Director Thomas Stuber demonstrates great empathy with his characters, and great observational skills, which make this film a moving social drama and romance, together with the excellent cast. This warm-hearted fairy tale about a desperate night embraces its audience and doesn't let go."
"We like watching these characters, thanks in part to the fantastic cast, and also to Meyer's story-telling skills, who manages to combine violence and tenderness in an off-handed, subtle way."
"Expertly acted ensemble drama full of quiet poetry."
"... possibly the best holiday film this year. One without Christmas, without a lot of glitter, but also without voyeuristic misery, full of wacky angels with broken wings. Could be maudlin but isn't. "
"It's rare for a director to focus on people like you and me in a German film ... The whole film is a miracle: Any other director would have shot a dark, dreary social drama in a place like this. But Stuber und Meyer give us a tender romance."
"It's not easy to depict “regular people”, but Stuber and Meyer pull it off with ease. After watching this film, we know what hope and dreams blue-collar stiffs have, brave and tender people in their own right. That fact alone makes DARK SATELLITES a little gem."
"The new masterpiece by Thomas Stuber and Clemens Meyer … not only features an A-list cast … but also impresses with its dense atmosphere and unusual narrative. A beautiful film."
"A dream cast for a moving paean to quiet romance."
"A quiet, tender film about little people and big emotions."
"Satellite cities are housing projects – but in astrology, satellites are bodies that circle a planet, never approaching their object of attraction. For Jens and the other characters in “Dark Satellites”, a similar fate awaits."
"Nastassja Kinski's comeback is the big event of Thomas Stuber's literary adaptation “Dark Satellites”."
"Invisible, exhausted people meet and open themselves to a new life – just like the movies do for us."