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Invincible (2002)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 24

Sluggish and flawed, this is a minor work in Herzog's career.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 7

Sluggish and flawed, this is a minor work in Herzog's career.



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Werner Herzog returned to dramatic filmmaking for the first time in a decade with this historical drama, based on a true story, about a man who rose to fame and fortune in 1932 as the Nazis rose to power in Germany, only to renounce his career in order to stand beside his people as a symbol of strength and resistance. Zishe (Jouko Ahola) is a Polish Jew, and a blacksmith's son, who lives in a small town in Finland. A giant of a man with remarkable physical strength, Zishe is discovered by


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Werner Herzog, E. Max Frye

Jun 3, 2003

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (24) | DVD (17)

Though few will argue that it ranks with the best of Herzog's works, Invincible shows he's back in form, with an astoundingly rich film.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Feels less like a change in [Herzog's] personal policy than a half-hearted fluke.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Remarkably accessible and affecting.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A strange but oddly memorable film.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Half-baked Herzog, though it has twinkles of theatrical purity that remind you of when his vision was grand.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie has the power of a great silent film, unafraid of grand gestures and moral absolutes.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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By the time Papale does make it the big game, it's as if the air goes out of the movie and all Core can do is punt.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Edifies Herzog's preoccupation with blurring the distinction between performance and naturalism, fiction and documentary.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Invincible approaches history as myth, striving not to document reality, but to penetrate its tragic essence.

July 9, 2003 Full Review

A unique visual work.

June 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the naivete of his performance has a humbling effect on a film that, while entirely too long and short on sizzling imagery, is meant to be taken simply as folkloric.

May 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Herzog, a man of detail became enraptured with his subject and was unable to use his editing shears.

May 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

Blessed with immense physical prowess he may well be, but Ahola is simply not an actor. And in truth, cruel as it may sound, he makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look like Spencer Tracy.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Even if Invincible is not quite the career peak that The Pianist is for Roman Polanski, it demonstrates that Werner Herzog can still leave us with a sense of wonder at the diverse, marvelously twisted shapes history has taken.

February 3, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Not the best Herzog perhaps, but unmistakably Herzog.

December 16, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A compelling pre-WWII drama with vivid characters and a warm, moving message.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of [Herzog's] least inspired works.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The true story of a Jewish strongman who became a symbol of Aryan power and glory

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Herzog has created something resembling a fairy tale.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Might be one of those vanity projects in which a renowned filmmaker attempts to show off his talent by surrounding himself with untalented people.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

The invincible Werner Herzog is alive and well and living in LA

October 7, 2002 Full Review Source:

I was perplexed to watch it unfold with an astonishing lack of passion or uniqueness.

October 4, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Invincible

Based on actual events, Werner Herzog chronicles the rise and fall of Polish strongman Zishe Breitbart who entertained affluent Germans in pre-WWII Berlin. Herzog manages to capture the historical significance of the events but a meandering script and suspect performances left me feeling a bit cheated and underwhelmed.
May 15, 2011
Randy Tippy

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"Invincible," which completely flew under everyone's radar WAY back in 2001, is a fascinating film... a colorfully painted tale of individual triumph in the face of adversity.

Based on fact, the film is a very straightforward effort, but is not completely void of Herzog's off-kilter style and sensibilities. It feels very dreamlike, and has a certain elegance and whimsy. Adding to this quality is a cast of relatively inexperienced actors (Tim Roth and a few others being the exceptions). The Hulking Jouko Ahola for example, the hero of the narrative, has a very limited acting range and ability but delivers a very likable, touching, and admirable performance in spite of himself.

But no doubt it is Herzog who deserves credit most. Each scene is filled with the passion and love he obviously had for this material, and luckily his emotions bleed through. This is a powerful story told in a very unique and level-headed fashion. See this Gem. Another really interesting film from Herzog.
April 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not my favourite Herzog film by a long stretch but still very good. Its strangely entertaining watching such a brilliant actor (Roth) acting alongside bad actors (pretty much everyone else). That said, Jouko Ahola is very watchable and a typical Herzog character. I still much prefer his earlier work though.
October 1, 2009

Super Reviewer

Always hard to know how to feel about a Herzog film. The man is certainly anything but normal and this often comes across in his films. This true story however is one of his straightest narratives and works brilliantly. Every scene is one of interest fascination. The story itself is the true story of a Jewish blacksmith who goes to Berlin to seek his fam and fortune only to become involved in a weird stage show that caters to the Nazi's. The main star is actually a bodybuilder and some have criticised his performance but to me he was certainly stilted but so was the character. Obviously quite simple and often naive. It could also be that his performance was held back to further highlight Roth's excellent charismatic turn, and perhaps the attractive lure of the Nazi's in general. It's a fascinating story and one that has an excellent twist that causes you to re-evaluate certain aspects of the film. It's deep, tragic but most of all entertaining, which as we discover can be just as strong as any army.
November 12, 2008

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    1. Zishe: I am not an Aryan.
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