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The German Doctor (2014)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 16

The German Doctor applies a refreshing level of restraint to its intriguing premise, and boasts solid performances from a talented cast.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 6

The German Doctor applies a refreshing level of restraint to its intriguing premise, and boasts solid performances from a talented cast.



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Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to

Sep 16, 2014


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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (16)

Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Quietly unnerving.

August 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This curious, surprisingly safe melodrama fictionalises the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele.

August 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Puenzo masterfully balances the film's thriller edge with disturbing details about Mengele's obsession with genetic experimentation, as well as the community of German expatriates in Argentina helping old Nazis elude arrest.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Puenzo has a knack for plumbing the heads and hearts of teenage girls. The director coaxes a mesmerizing, unmannered performance out of Bado, who is making her feature-film debut.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A thriller with a historical basis, 'The German Doctor' is a somewhat fictionalized glimpse at a ghastly real-life villain.

September 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The picture is beautifully shot and the serenity of the Argentine mountain landscape works as an effective contradiction to the deranged, demented narrative at hand.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Lucia Puenzo's queasy thriller builds up into a quietly effective monster movie.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It is the dichotomy of the beauty of the setting with Mengele's monstrous deeds that make "The German Doctor" so unnerving.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

What the movie lacks in chills and thrills is made up for by the methodical unraveling of the truth.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

[Àlex Brendemühl's] Mengele is a departure from the mustache-twirling villains of Marathon Man and The Boys from Brazil.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

As he makes drawings of his "perfect specimen," chill pervades and the heart stills. It's an intriguing balancing act.

August 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Wakolda lies somewhere between a suspense thriller and a delicately atmospheric art film, but is properly effective as neither ...

August 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Puenzo's restraint, though commendable, rather mutes the dramatic impact.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

There's a wonderful sense of dread built up

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

The tone is very different from that of Boys from Brazil-style thrillers. This is a stately art-house drama, well shot in wintry landscapes, which plays like a coming-of-age story.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

[An] atmospheric thriller.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Nerve-jangling. That may be the best word for it.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Spectator
The Spectator

An intriguing, atmospheric film that becomes as mesmerizing as a poisonous snake silently gliding towards its next victim.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The film combines the muscular force of a Forsythian thriller with something purely eerie, static and atmospheric. Brendemühl brings a refrigerated menace to his role.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

Taut themes and fascinating facts are occasionally stymied by heavy-handed metaphors.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

If the film is better as understated horror than historical drama, its taut last seconds encompass both.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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    1. Mengele: Poets write about what they see. Painters paint it. I measure and weigh what interests me.
    2. Lilith: Do we interest you?
    3. Mengele: You do.
    – Submitted by Matías H (11 months ago)
    1. Mengele: Mixing contaminates the blood and destroys the memory.
    2. Lilith: To remember what?
    3. Mengele: Who we were.
    – Submitted by Matías H (11 months ago)
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