“ The beauty of Portugal is ever-present in this film, underlying the emotional and suspenseful scenes as Raimund learns the different threads of the story.
“ slow, slower, and slowest .
“Deeply intense, dramatically fulfilling--it kept me on the edge of my seat.
“Once 'Night Train to Lisbon' got going and Raimund and the audience learn more, it becomes a very thoughtful and engaging film with a good amount of emotional impact (especially towards the end), each revelation being intriguing and not too predictable.
“ One gets the impression that he leads a well-ordered and probably boring life.
“ Respectfully do disagree with those that say that the flashbacks had no tension or suspense, found the latter ones when the revolution became more violent edge of the seat suspenseful.
“ He is walking across the high bridge at Bern when an unexpected and highly dramatic event occurs which changes his life entirely.
“He meets many people who knew Amadeu including his sister played by Charlotte Rampling, always an intriguing screen presence, she still seems to get plenty of roles with absolutely no loss of mystique.
“ Worth watching.
“ It's a very self-conscious production that goes out of its way to feel like an "actor's movie", but the problem is that it's so slow and long winded that it doesn't hold the attention.
“ A history buried, but in this case, all the witness but one are still alive, so eventually everyone chips in his or her part of the truth, and the story meanders into its own circle of consummation, but in a very conventional way and the final revelation is an overkill, the romanticized plot of an attractive female intruder tainting the camaraderie is beyond banality and no substantial sway in the wayward decision-making moment.
“ A timid and dull man, Irons one day saves the life of a woman attempting to commit suicide, who walks out on his life as sudden as she entered it, leaving him the diary and a train ticket to the Portuguese capital.
“ I like Jeremy Irons as an actor, but his character here is dull and his modern-day scenes don't deserve to occupy more than half the running time as they feel irrelevant.
“ Gregorius search makes him discover the life of the author, the relationships of the author with his entourage and with the political context in which Portugal was immersed at that time (the dark and awful years of the dictatorship of Salazar).
“ Gregorius discovery of himself is absolutely exciting.
“ His knack is to tell fascinating and important stories by subtle understatements.
“ Raimund decides to research the life of Amadeu, who was a doctor and writer that belonged to the resistance against the dictator Salazar, and his discoveries affect his own boring life.
“ Gregorius acts as an investigator, pulling together pieces of a puzzle that involves suspense , twists and the highest possible stakes to lead unexpected consequences .
“ Ignore the Tedious Beginning and Enjoy a Good Movie .
“The film is throughout held at a very low key and pace but at the same time remains inescapaby intense, as a very complicated love story in the shadow of the revolution in Portugal 1974 unravels.
“ the storyline is just way too pretentious and full of uncommonly illogic.
“ A girl is standing on the edge, about to throw herself off and commit suicide.
“ It was deep, suspenseful, provoking thought and reflection regarding one's own life of decisions past and the resulting consequences.
“ Painfully boring .
“ One senses that producers and director feared, for no apparent reason, overproducing and overdirecting, and so the film is noises-off bland, with parts and performances that often feel wanting for color saturation.
“ The story unfolds slowly, like a slow courtship, so it is not a movie for the impatient or those looking for a quick thrill - and it is all the better for that.
“ And indeed, this story does a good job in exploding such myths, for the central character is Swiss and while demonstrating a quiet, deferential manner, reveals increasingly the intense passion he feels as the story unfolds, as indeed it does for the viewer, who should I would hope empathise to some degree.
“ However, their contribution as highly capable actors to informing us about the harsh and dangerous life of political dissidents under the brutal rule of Salazar and his secret police makes for a compelling glimpse of past Portuguese history, which isn't a subject of movies as often as it deserves to be.
“ It is the hauntingly compelling and intriguing story in the book, which begins this journey and introduces the viewer to the lives of so many of the movies characters.
“ It seems that I too flew with the story slowly in time, along with the professor, as he went from a boring uneventful life to embark on an adventure of his lifetime, in his old age.
“ His performance is one of his most subtle with telling expressions and warm as chocolate delivery, but he is wholly successful in making a character meant to be "boring" very compelling and easy to identify with, and totally carries the modern day scenes which wouldn't have had as much impact without him.
“ The on-location shooting in Lisbon is beautiful and an intriguing setback for the two stories.
“ This is an Europudding co-produced by Germany/Switzerland/Portugal , it deals with Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) , a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself .
“ Lisbon is such a beautiful city, the premise and book are just fascinating and really wanted to see the film in full after seeing a couple of clips online.
“ "Night Train to Lisbon" is a movie with a tedious beginning, when the lead character leaves his students in their classroom and travels to Lisbon in a senseless situation.
“ Irons appears as an absent minded professor, in what he describes later as his 'boring' life as a professor of history and language.
“ I'm not really a fan of modern day literary stuff, as I find it all very pretentious, overrated, and more than a little arty farty.
“ Interesting and brooding drama/thriller with all-star-cast , fabulous performances , enjoyable intrigue and evocative scenarios .
“ This movie involves twin plot lines: Jeremy Irons' character sloughing off his boring his life in Bern, and his making connections among people that lived through a traumatic era of Portugaul's history; facilitating some healing and understanding among them.
“ Boring, more boring, most boring.
“The contrast between the aging Professor Gregorius whose life has been safe but uneventful, and the story of the youthful revolutionaries who are living life on the edge of life and death is well done, with some subtleties that can easily be overlooked by the less aware.
“What he finds is a fascinating story that took place during the Portuguese resistance to the dictator Salazar, It concerns some young people, Amadeu (Jack Huston), his best friend Joao (played as an adult by Tom Courtenay), Jorge (August Diehl/Bruno Ganz), and Estefania (Melanie Laurent/Lena Olin), and their lives then and now.
“ So he abandons his class in half way and pursue the thrilling adventurous quest to find more about the person he read in the book.
“ The story is extremely intricate, the pieces of a gigantic puzzle fitting together in the most unexpected ways, and Irons discovers, as a result of his spectacles being crushed by a motorbike, that he is not boring after all.