• Unrated, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Margarethe von Trotta
    In Theaters:
    May 29, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2013
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Hannah Arendt Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

A trivial take on a profound thinker.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2013
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

...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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B-

June 2, 2014
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You'd be better off reading Arendt's work.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Von Trotta includes actual footage of Eichmann's trial, simultaneously trivializing it and diminishing the rest of the movie to the vanishing point.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 3, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Hannah Arendt's problem is the evil of banality: the gnawing away of drama by platitude and pedestrian mise-en-scène.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Thinker and writer adds an intellectual footnote to the Holocaust

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 1, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Hannah Arendt is hagiography of the most egregious kind. It makes Lincoln look like a smear job.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C-

June 21, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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A film that ultimately says more about banality than evil.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

July 4, 2013
Henry Giardina
Film Comment Magazine

Arendt, through the film's glamorizing lens, becomes a character impossible not to identify or agree with.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Peter Momtchiloff
Electric Sheep

Not really an edifying episode in intellectual history, but an interesting story told with appropriate restraint.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

September 19, 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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2013
Spencer Doar
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[A] moving examination of the limits of human understanding when confronted with evil.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2013
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

June 11, 2013
Stefan Pape

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 31, 2013
Ali Arikan

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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2013
Aaron Yap

A crisply measured character study with plenty of intriguing ideas, elevated by a terrific, finely calibrated performance by Sukowa.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2014
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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It's the actual courtroom footage that's the most effectively deep and ambiguous thing in this well-crafted but static biopic.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 2013
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 27, 2013
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