Gegen die Wand
Head On is German director Fatih Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never be between two people who are too alike to not be together.
Stephanie Zacharek Head On understands the tension between wanting to have nothing to do with the place from which you came and yet still, deep in your heart, somehow yearning for it.
Anthony Lane This is not just pliable filmmaking; it is an exercise in worldliness, in a feel for the cracks and warps of circumstance, which is all the more startling when you learn that the director is thirty-one.
Andrew Sarris This is a film experience that stays in the mind.
Desson Thomson No matter what is going on in the story, these star-crossed lovers are always fascinating to watch.
Ann Hornaday They might be marginal, they might misfits, but we actually care about those two crazy kids.
David Edelstein Head-On doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but it keeps you on edge, laughing nervously, appalled and, against all odds, entertained.
Ella Taylor In its breathlessly claustrophobic way the movie is vital and passionate, and lit with a lyric beauty that washes over love scenes and violent acts alike.
Stephen Whitty Director Fatih Akin has made a remarkable film -- the first great film of the new year -- marked by strong characters and intense scenes.
J. Hoberman In an odd spin on the immigration story, rootless Cahit and Sibel are ultimately too complex for the fiction that holds them.
Eddie Cockrell Fine, gritty, contempo love story.