Der Unhold (The Ogre) Reviews

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Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine
January 29, 2003
From its awkward childhood prologue, which features painfully bad acting, to its title character, a simple-minded, large-of-stature man played by the most intellectual-seeming and average-sized of actors (John Malkovich), The Ogre is ill conceived.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Episodic and vaguely surreal, it is the antithesis of a Hollywood film that tells us what to feel. Having unfolded an ever-widening series of moral questions, it deliberately leaves them hanging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 25, 2008
Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Schlondorff has said he built the film around Malkovich, and the actor lives up to the responsibility.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 3, 2003
Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Stratton
Variety
February 23, 2012
Gemma Files
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
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