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My Best Enemy

My Best Enemy (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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In prewar Vienna, Victor Kaufmann (Moritz Bleibtreu/Soul Kitchen, The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Run Lola Run) and Rudi Smekal (Georg Friedrich/ Import/Export, Klimt, The Piano Teacher) had been the closest of friends, ever since childhood. But with Austria's annexation into the Third Reich, Rudi throws his lot in with the Nazis, hoping to gain a leg up by denouncing his Jewish friend and confiscating a Michelangelo sketch owned by Victor's family. The Kaufmanns are sent to a camp-until the

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The film plays mostly as an uneasily satirical thriller.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An awkward blend of anti-Semitic atrocities and identity-swapping absurdity, the World War II drama "My Best Enemy" struggles to find a convincing tone.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The script relies on too many unlikely twists, but Bleibtreu manages to sell them all.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A movie largely devoid of attitude or suspense.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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My Best Enemy bleeds suspense like a pin-pricked tire. It wants to be clever, but survivor tales bring with them too much muck.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Strained attempt at WWII tragi-comedy isn't funny.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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While the film generates some mild suspense and the period re-creation is convincing enough, the twists eventually become more contrived and preposterous.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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Neither the plot of this farfetched caper nor Murenberger's approach to it, do any kind of justice to what is still, whether some people like it or not, one of the most terrible episodes in human history.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
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This twist-heavy World War II drama would play as an absurdist comedy if the director wasn't so dead set on excluding just about any trace of humor from his self-serious project.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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  • Mein bester Feind (DE)
  • My Best Enemy (Mein bester Feind) (UK)
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