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The Tunnel (Der Tunnel) Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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If it weren't for subtitles, Roland Suso Richter's The Tunnel would be indistinguishable from a polished made-for-TV timewaster from anywhere in the world such things are produced.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2003
Jules Brenner

riddled with slow pacing, melodrama and viewer fatigue

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 1, 2005
Matt Singer
Village Voice
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It's distressing to learn how much German television looks like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2005
Kim Linekin

Though its story is universal enough to leap across cultural boundaries, it's not deep enough to justify the leap to the big screen.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Richter gives a raw, frank but sophisticated account of the excruciating logistics of this great escape, and the appalling, inspiring blend of betrayal and courage that attended the group's herculean efforts.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 15, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 19, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Director Roland Suso Richter maintains tension for 2 1/2 hours, even though the resolution is almost surreal.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 2, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Overlong and a bit overcooked...but it's also properly grueling.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2005
Laura Kern
New York Times
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Roland Suso Richter's darkly atmospheric film recounts the effort of a group of people to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.

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

April 28, 2005
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film picks up steam as the tunnel nears completion -- thanks, in part, to a Hollywood film crew that pays for the rights to the tunnelers' story, providing them with the money to finish the project.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 2, 2005
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

This true story about one of the many tunnel escape attempts under the Berlin wall in the 60s provides all the excitement of an escape movie, given extra depth and resonance by its real life genesis... a superb film

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 3, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It's all a bit reminiscent of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot -- different war, but a similar stylistic economy and claustrophobic mood.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2003
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The Tunnel combines fact and fiction, but is never less than completely engrossing.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 7, 2003
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine

As the edge-of-the-seat narrative unfolds, every performance is layered, every shot by cinematographer Martin Langer is effectively streamlined and a plot that could easily have been predicable ripples with suspense.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2003
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Genuinely gripping, balancing the travails of constructing the tunnel against the characters' stories with considerable skill.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Richter's brisk direction keeps us riveted through the suspenseful finish of his vivid history lesson.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2005
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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Based on a true story from the late 1950s, this thrilling drama looks at the extraordinary lengths taken by a group of West Berliners to dig a tunnel under the city's barbed-wire border with East Berlin.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2005
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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There are few moments when you're not totally absorbed by the film.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Derek Elley
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July 31, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 19, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
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