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The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

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20

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 20

It doesn't lack ambition, and it boasts undeniably thrilling source material, but The Red Baron is brought down by its overly sentimental script and a number of historical inaccuracies.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

It doesn't lack ambition, and it boasts undeniably thrilling source material, but The Red Baron is brought down by its overly sentimental script and a number of historical inaccuracies.

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The true story of one of World War One's deadliest air aces comes to the screen in this historical drama. Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias Schweighöfer) becomes fascinated with flying when he's just a boy, and as a young man he joins the German army and becomes part of their budding air force. Flying in a squadron with his best friend, Werner Voss (Til Schweiger), von Richthofen is a pilot with a great talent for aerial battle, but he also has a sense of honor and fair play, and he and his

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If the film is intelligent and thoughtful, it is unfortunately lacking in energy and passion; it is more a somber, highly familiar reflection on warfare and its toll than an action movie.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Drama about World War I flying aces never gets off the ground.

March 18, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfortunately Muellerschoen's movie emphasizes empty grandeur over human drama.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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His plane may be red, but the dialogue is purple.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The propaganda films produced by both sides in the '30s and '40s might've been objectionable for many reasons but at least they had the good sense to show real planes in action.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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So while the earthbound sequences may drag, when 'The Red Baron' takes to the skies, it soars.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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One can see how its overtly soapy, lowest-common-denominator antics would play comfortably in various climes.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A stodgy but good-looking war film, with many stirring scenes of aerial combat.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Alas, this BARON is barren, more dead than red.

March 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Geekweek
Geekweek

Red Baron leaves Manfred von Richthofen a lifeless cliché of Aryan grandeur, stuck inside of a film that tries too hard to dazzle without fully exploring the possibilities of the legend.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Embraces embellishment and outright falsehood in search of soap opera.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

An ambitious young man in his flying machine

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: JWR

Nikolai Müllerschön's film about the German flying ace has nothing like the sort of flair it needs to get away with its sentimental departures from the historical facts.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Moderately expensive, immoderately dull.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This is an ambitious attempt to tell the story of World War I's most notorious fighter pilot. But while the events are truly momentous, with thrillingly rendered aerial combat, the film is let down by lacklustre writing and direction.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A pretty successful European co-production strengthened by a charismatic title performance from Matthias Schweighöfer.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The Red Baron is like Le Grande Illusion remade by a German porn director. Never in the field of human film-making was so much money wasted on so little.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A very low-flying, sentimentalised account of the life of legendary first world war German air ace, Manfred Von Richthofen.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's a stirring story - German-made but with English dialogue - well told, vividly illustrating a strange era when old-style Prussian nobility became the cavalry of the skies.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Looks terrific when up in the air amidst the dogfights, but falls flat back on the ground.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Red Baron (Der rote Baron)

Great German movie. Historical biographies are some of my favorite kinds of movies, and this is a really well done one.
October 22, 2012
itsjustme2004

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Well its an alright movie, gives me goosebumps! Its a sweet enough movie thats entertaining to a point! It is slow and boring in places and it does strain to keep you interest but then an interesting scene will come along that then continues to make you watch the movie. Its an alright war movie, certainly room for improvement!
November 15, 2011
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Film Crazy

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Impressive aerial filming and some good actors but dull, dull, dull.
August 5, 2010
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jay nixon

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Before I saw this, I didn't really know much about the man behind the legend of the Red Baron, except that he was an exceptionally skilled pilot and one of the best of his time. In that sense, I found the story pretty interesting, especially as I've always been a sucker for war movies in general. Unfortunately though, it wasn't as good as I had hoped it to be. The cinematography is great and the action sequences very well-made (especially the aerial battles, which is among the best and most thrilling I've seen in recent memory), but in the acting department it left a lot to desire. It's not bad, but I just found the cast to be very pale and boring. I was also very bothered by the fake-sounding accents, which to me came off as very strained and unnatural. But other than that it's a decent war flick. Certainly no candidate for the Oscar's, but worth seeing for it's well-directed action scenes.
January 24, 2009
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