The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
I'm not sure this film needed to be made, and in the end, it becomes plodding and predictable
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 24, 2007
Impressively tackles the enduring dilemma inherent in dramatically depicting the enormous horror of the Nazi death camps, and meeting that challenge, oddly enough, in tacit admission of the very impossibility of that task.
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
This powerful film celebrates individual acts of conscience in barbarous times.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2006
A fresh way to illuminate another worthy dark Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 2, 2005
A morality thriller filled with heavy-handed allusions to the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 2, 2005
This low-key, talky Holocaust drama doesn't try to pummel viewers with visuals of the Nazis' atrocities, but what is described in dialogue is tough enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 17, 2005
Dark and depressing as the film is, it is thrilling to watch Henri work through his moral qualms as he battles the smooth tongue of evil.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 11, 2005
It's no wonder Schlöndorff favors close-ups; with Mattes on screen, The Ninth Day gets right to its emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 10, 2005
The dark, rotting interiors and sunless winter skies create a festering atmosphere of unexpiated guilt as Kremer ponders the question of how a decent man is to navigate the rivers of hell.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 7, 2005
The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 30, 2005
The film's effectiveness hinges almost entirely on the performance of Matthes.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2005
An accomplished, confident work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 15, 2005
The film's star ... is Diehl, who perfectly captures the banality of evil inherent in Nazism. Villains are great characters, and Diehl's Gebhardt is terrific.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 15, 2005
It just feels like too much over too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 15, 2005
Schlondorff draws a telling picture of the ravished moral landscape that kept the wheels of the Holocaust turning.
| Original Score: B
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 7, 2005
A thoughtfully written drama of ideas with vivid performances by August Diehl and Ulrich Matthes.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 7, 2005
A morally complex and emotionally satisfying drama about the vagaries of Catholic response to the Third Reich.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 18, 2005
Schlondorff's greatest tools in forging this character study is taste, balance, and a pro's inherent sense of dramatic construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2005
A film that strives for meaning and resonance but doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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