Hannah Arendt Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 26, 2013
A trivial take on a profound thinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
...actors in supporting roles telegraph the controversies surrounding Arendt's personality as if they were attempting to literally touch the viewer's nose.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 27, 2013
You'd be better off reading Arendt's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 3, 2013
Von Trotta includes actual footage of Eichmann's trial, simultaneously trivializing it and diminishing the rest of the movie to the vanishing point.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 26, 2013
Hannah Arendt's problem is the evil of banality: the gnawing away of drama by platitude and pedestrian mise-en-scène.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Thinker and writer adds an intellectual footnote to the Holocaust
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 21, 2013
Hannah Arendt is hagiography of the most egregious kind. It makes Lincoln look like a smear job.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
July 4, 2013
A film that ultimately says more about banality than evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Henry Giardina
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Arendt, through the film's glamorizing lens, becomes a character impossible not to identify or agree with.
Peter Momtchiloff
Electric Sheep
September 19, 2013
Not really an edifying episode in intellectual history, but an interesting story told with appropriate restraint.
September 26, 2013
An involving and important drama which provides excellent insight into the life of political theorist Hannah Arendt during the time she reported on the Adolf Eichmann trial, only sadly marred by some bad acting and poor dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Spencer Doar
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2013
[A] moving examination of the limits of human understanding when confronted with evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
June 11, 2013
While it could easily be shorter and move a bit faster, especially at the beginning, it appears to move at a speed that's true to the heroine's thought process...If this portrait is true to Arendt, then let it stand.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
September 24, 2013
Though growing considerably tedious in parts, and lagging somewhat in the middle stages, Hannah Arendt picks up once again for what is an immensely engaging climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 31, 2013
It's involving, as biopics go, but the shattering debates that still swirl around Arendt's view of the Holocaust are relegated to walk-ons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ali Arikan
RogerEbert.com
August 21, 2013
Von Trotta's direction is assured and the film has an incredibly strong performance at its core, and it asks a number of important questions, even though it doesn't dare to answer them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
March 16, 2014
A crisply measured character study with plenty of intriguing ideas, elevated by a terrific, finely calibrated performance by Sukowa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
May 30, 2013
It's the actual courtroom footage that's the most effectively deep and ambiguous thing in this well-crafted but static biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
September 27, 2013
The period is subtly rendered and the climactic defence of her ideas before a class of students and critics is a stirring and thought-provoking coda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 27, 2013
The film's most striking quality, and it's not insignificant, is director Margarethe von Trotta's refusal to fossilize the controversies she dramatizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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