The Tunnel (Der Tunnel) Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 31, 2008
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 23, 2005
Richter makes wonderful if obvious use of the wall and the tunnel as built-in metaphors for our struggle for human connection and dread of helplessness and change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2005
It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment -- a classic suspense thriller -- that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2005
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.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 2, 2005
A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 2, 2005
It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 19, 2005
Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
It's so well told that you'll be biting your nails until the film's final few minutes.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
June 24, 2005
There are few moments when you're not totally absorbed by the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2005
Director Roland Suso Richter maintains tension for 2 1/2 hours, even though the resolution is almost surreal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
Richter's brisk direction keeps us riveted through the suspenseful finish of his vivid history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
April 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
April 26, 2005
It's distressing to learn how much German television looks like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 19, 2003
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 7, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 7, 2003
It's all a bit reminiscent of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot -- different war, but a similar stylistic economy and claustrophobic mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4