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Bonhoeffer (2003)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
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A chronicle which charts the dramatic life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his Church to stand with the Jews in their time of need, and eventually joined his family in the plots to kill Hitler. His three books, "Cost of Discipleship," "Letters and Papers from Prison," and "Ethics," were all written during the struggle, and are considered classics in the world of religion

Apr 20, 2004

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There is more to the philosophy and faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer than a 90-minute documentary can begin to cover, but this is a powerful and timely introduction.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A heroic odyssey that is illuminated with admirable clarity.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Though we get little sense of Bonhoeffer the man, the film remains a fascinating account of the evolution of his revisionist thought, which led to a theological justification of collective and, if necessary, violent resistance to tyranny.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Bonhoeffer is PBS-dry at times, but its portrait of a latter-day martyr is undeniably poignant and thought-provoking.

July 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Whatever form the movie takes, it's right and fitting that such a life gets our attention.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There is both spiritual and historical substance in the things said, and such obvious reverence for the subject, that the film ultimately has a charming charmlessness.

July 11, 2003
Washington Post
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Today's church needs Bonhoeffer's example and teaching, and Doblmeier's project makes a worthy contribution to our understanding of this great man.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Bonhoeffer doesn't probe as deeply as one might like into the details and implications of his theology, but is an invaluable study of a man of conscience.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

To its credit, the film examines Bonhoeffer's life and thought in an expressly theological light… [His ideas] are as integral to the portrait as his resistance work.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Bonhoeffer follows the life of one prominent churchman as he develops an ethics to nourish the anti-Nazi resistence.

August 8, 2004

A solid and respectable piece about a man of enormous integrity and courage.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

With this much intrigue and planning, passion and conviction, political and religious controversy, this story should have been riveting, but it's not.

November 26, 2003 Full Review Source:

Director Martin Doblmeier has assembled an impressive array of archival material and recent interviews.

September 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

When its subject is as fascinating as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a movie doesn't need bells and whistles.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Bonhoeffer" is a sometimes-fascinating piece of historical work, especially for the amateur scholars interested in all things about the rise and fall of the Nazis, but loses steam when it shifts to the courageous, bland life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The documentary "Bonhoeffer" is certainly interesting due to its subject, but not very cinematic or emotionally engaging

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's hard to point to anything Bonhoeffer did or said that would merit the lionization he receives in Bonhoeffer.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Provides both a viewpoint on and images of the period unlike those of other films on the Third Reich era.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

While material is well-researched and informative, the presentation is dry.

June 26, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Bonhoeffer

Disappointing. There was no real attempt to explain Bonhoeffer's theology and there was little drama to the martyrdom. It seemed more like a documentary on the religious institutions in Germany under the Nazis.
November 27, 2013

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Intriguing documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a very learned and spiritual man, who fought and plotted against Hitler during World War II.
November 30, 2012
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