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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 12

A film that begs the audience to reflect upon their own courage and strength of character in light of this young heroine's daring story.

87

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 4

A film that begs the audience to reflect upon their own courage and strength of character in light of this young heroine's daring story.

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Filmmaker Marc Rothemund utilizes long-buried historical records to reconstruct the last six days in the life of renowned German anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) in an Academy Award-nominated feature that earned star Julia Jentsch a Best Actress award at both the 2005 Lolas and the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. The year is 1943 and Adolf Hitler's devastating march across Europe has resulted in the formation of the White Rose, an underground resistance movement born in

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The realization that we are, in many instances, listening in on actual proceedings gives the film an immediacy that no dramatist could hope to match.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The film holds few surprises, though it builds a remarkable level of suspense during the fait-accompli interrogation scenes, and is a well-intended commemoration of a courageous young woman.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's a resonance to Sophie Scholl that crosses borders and approaches the timeless.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Through it all, Jentsch is a beacon of bravery and resolve in the darkness of a totalitarian machine. If any actor in an English-language film has given a better performance in the past year, I'd like to see it.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A disturbing film about courage, idealism, youth and the grim mechanics of mankind gone mad.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Frank and frightening.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A very tense study of the last days of Nazism, and a worthy homage to a true heroine...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A claustrophobic bio-pic which telescopes tightly on the torture of the fearless activist till her demise after less than a week in the hands of Hitler's sadistic interrogators.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The film has an immeasurable fascination that makes us look on as voyeurs and wonder how we might have reacted during such desperate times.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Although Sophie Scholl is noteworthy for its performances, it will undoubtedly fail to capture the popular imagination here.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Compelling in its depiction of quiet heroism, this testament to the power of passive resistance is made all the more authentic and poignant by the superbly controlled performance of Julia Jentsch.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Jentsch keep[s] up a subtle, restrained performance while the movie Nazis around her are screaming themselves red in the face. She succeeds beyond all expectation.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

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October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The subject matter apart, the film is a meticulously crafted drama, observing and recording the events, setting mood and creating a sense of time and place that further deepen our involvement.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

While Scholl's virtuous life makes her eminently worthy of her own biopic, it doesn't necessarily make her the most interesting subject for a movie.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's no moment of release, no instant of sudden redemption in this powerful, moving, and altogether devastating film.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Though Scholl's inquisition and trial are harrowing, there's too little sense of what sort of person Scholl was. We can only grasp at air and guess what it was inside her that drove her to forsake her life in favor of a higher purpose.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The film has a serious, urgent tone, but not a preachy or strident one.

May 17, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The narrative is tight and compelling, claustrophobic in scope, with acting performances that chill in their understated anxiety and courage.

May 12, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I found this Oscar-nominated film overlong and ultimately disappointing.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

...to shorten the discussions between Mohr and Scholl would have been to miss the point. She makes her lasting impression on Mohr, and us, not by violence, or cacophony, but by the persistence, patience and persuasiveness of her intellectual discourse...

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

[Sophie and Hans] embody the adolescent faith that any political action is better than none, and the movie couldn't treat them more glowingly if their actions had been effective.

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

Audience Reviews for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Brilliant drama on the last years of Sophie Scholl, who was part of a non violent resistance groupe in Nazi Germany. This is a highly engaging film, one that boasts some terrific performances are a well crafted storyline. Based on a real story Sophie Scholl is a standout film that recounts hope in a time of great adversity and it's also a story of good in the face of evil, and how its lead characters were prepared to die for their beliefs. The real story Of Sophie Scholl is absolutely phenomenal, it's a testament of courage and doing what was right despite threats of being tortured and imprisoned. If you enjoy well crafted real life dramas, then I highly recommend Sophie Scholl, which one of the finest foreign films that I have seen in quite some time. Here the performances and story are very good, and while using basic elements, the filmmakers were able to get something truly unique on-screen. This is a riveting drama that is highly captivating, entertaining from start to finish. The actress portraying Sophie Scholl was really the one that stood out for me, and she was well chosen for the part. I felt she brought a certain defiant innocence to her that made the character stand out significantly. As a war themed drama, this is superbly well done, and it's sure to appeal to genre fans looking for something truly thought provoking and highly engaging throughout. The story of Sophie Scholl is that of courage and adversity in the face of great danger, and she spoke out against tyranny when everyone else fell silent, and that's one of the film's most memorable messages. As a biopic, this one is a must watch for genre fans, and to anyone looking for a fine piece of history.
June 24, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Germans who stood up for Jews...
Sounds too poetic?
No, it 's nothing but truly heroic!
September 28, 2012
MrsInsomnia

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Sophie Scholl The Final Days is of accurate history of the brave last days of Sophie Scholl, who at 21, was accused guilty of high treason by distributing anti-Nazi paraphernalia at the University of Munich with his brother, Hans Scholl. Frank and compelling. A tribute to bravery and heroism. Significant.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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There are some great films based on The White Rose movement but I think it important to remember that this film is based purely on the manuscripts found from Sophie Scholl's interrogation. It is a near as possible reenactment of her last days, her actions and her words. It seems an awful shame that this doesn't seem to be of interest to most reviewers who it would appear would rather see a explosion-full Nazi killing adventure based on little fact (but why should the truth get in the way of a good war film eh?). The story has been respected as have the people and indeed history. A brilliant story, directed beautifully and with strong performances by Mohr and particularly by Jentsch who's praise is rightfully deserved.
November 2, 2010
SirPant

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