Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
August 6, 2002
Schlöndorff's treatment of this material is horribly flawed because he's too interested in making the audience feel comfortable before he starts damning everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out
September 18, 2012
Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
August 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2012
In Volker Schlöndorff's restored version of his 1979 classic, Oskar Matzerath emerges as a tragic anti-hero, whose lustful imagination and prodigious magical gifts can't shield him from the juggernaut of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
January 23, 2013
If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy. (It only falters in its final half-hour.)
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
Context is everything. Although often mistaken as a black comedy, Volker Schlöndorff's bold adaptation of Günter Grass's abstractly autobiographical 1959 novel is an exemplary model of European magic realist cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 9, 2004
Oskar's story touches on so many facets of life it's hard to know where to start analyzing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 16, 2013
There are many themes running through The Tin Drum: resistance against an unkind world, the need for acceptance, the horrors of romance and war, and the final idea that growth is inevitable and unfortunately, necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
The Tin Drum is a lusty, volatile, surreal and chlling view of the rise and fall of the Third Reich.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 30, 2011
The literal adaptation doesn't transfer that well to film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 20, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 22, 2008
Fascinating allegory with war, death themes and little boy who won't grow up.
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 8, 2010
This movie rests on the small shoulders of David Bennent as 'three-year-old' Oskar Matzerath, and the undersized twelve-year-old comes up wonderful.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 4, 2006
Technically and stylistically, The Tin Drum is an astounding work. Thematically, it strives for an importance it only sometimes achieves
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 3, 2004
the film is more memorable for its quirky commingling of the epic and the intimate and its often startling visuals than for any of its big themes
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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