The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) Reviews

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
March 31, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
March 22, 2010
A stodgy but good-looking war film, with many stirring scenes of aerial combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Toby Young
Times [UK]
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2010
Drama about World War I flying aces never gets off the ground.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
March 18, 2010
Unfortunately Muellerschoen's movie emphasizes empty grandeur over human drama.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 4, 2009
The aerial dogfights are the best thing in the film but any time it returns to earth it does so with a bump amidst turgid drama and leaden dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Porter
Times [UK]
September 7, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 4, 2009
The dogfights are competently handled, and Headey looks awfully sweet in her Boden version of 1917 mufti, but the stodgy comic-book dialogue keeps shooting plausibility down in flames.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
March 24, 2010
One can see how its overtly soapy, lowest-common-denominator antics would play comfortably in various climes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 4, 2009
The Red Baron is impressively shot and has some great dogfight sequences but it's badly let down by a dull script and fails to engage on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
Geekweek
March 20, 2010
Alas, this BARON is barren, more dead than red.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 7, 2009
Moderately expensive, immoderately dull.
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
September 4, 2009
Looks terrific when up in the air amidst the dogfights, but falls flat back on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 4, 2009
A very low-flying, sentimentalised account of the life of legendary first world war German air ace, Manfred Von Richthofen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
March 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 12, 2010
His plane may be red, but the dialogue is purple.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
March 12, 2010
Embraces embellishment and outright falsehood in search of soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

National Post
March 31, 2008
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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