The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 16, 2005
An absorbing Holocaust drama that suggests the forces that drive us toward good or evil are constantly warring within all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 16, 2005
While the pacing is a bit slow, the story line is engrossing.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 9, 2005
In this cat-and-mouse Faustian fable, Mr. Diehl and Mr. Matthes are singularly fascinating as tension-filled incompatibles.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 6, 2005
The true story of a Catholic priest from Luxembourg who must choose between cooperating with the Nazis or being returned to a concentration camp makes for a curiously uninvolving and emotionless film, considering the life-and-death issues it confronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 29, 2005
A taut, dialogue-driven play that should be required viewing in college ethics classes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 27, 2005
A grim meditation on faith and betrayal that focuses on a relatively obscure corner of Holocaust history: the fate of the Catholic clergy under the Third Reich.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 27, 2005
Credit a literate script and excellent performances by Ulrich Matthes -- tall and gaunt and wearing a wide-brimmed friar's hat -- as Kremer, and August Diehl as the Nazi bureaucrat and failed seminarian assigned to watch over the priest in Luxembourg.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 27, 2005
In the face of the Holocaust, a wrestling match over which man is the likelier Judas strikes me as a trivial pursuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 27, 2005
Digs beyond rote charges of ecclesiastical complicity and counter-arguments to explore various levels of resistance and protest — and their consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 26, 2005
In Volker Schlöndorff's somber moral thriller, a Roman Catholic priest, temporarily released from Dachau, finds his conscience tested when the Nazis try to co-opt him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 26, 2005
This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
Plays best as a dry exercise in historical doublespeak and rationalization.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 23, 2005
This film is powerful, concise, fully sustained.
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
November 30, 2004
A much more intimate WW2 drama than Der Untergang, and even though it is not as strong, it is at least as interesting.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 25, 2005
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