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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2009
The Baader-Meinhof Complex is diluted by too many events and characters distributed over too much time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
September 29, 2008
Engrossing on many levels -- except for, fatally, an emotional one.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 21, 2009
The Baader Meinhof Complex isn't, very: This saga of Communist terrorists sowing mayhem in 1970s Germany treats a bloody band as a unit of stouthearted warriors sallying forth to fight for their principles against impossible odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
August 20, 2009
...a watery historic stew crammed with too many events and not enough context or character development to fill out what could have been a compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 14, 2008
His approach has simply been to cram everything he knows about the Baader Meinhof years into a running time of two and a half hours. It is really the most unhelpful and unenlightening film on the subject you could possibly imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 22, 2009
...cowriter/producer Bernd Eichinger, who gave such depth to a much shorter historical period in "Downfall," here eventually loses his audience by refusing to streamline his cast and focus on a few significant events. It's a 10 part miniseries stuffed in
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Boyd van Hoeij
September 29, 2008
An explosive performance by Johanna Wokalek gives some relief to an otherwise long and humdrum series of characters, blow-'em-ups and prison locations.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
May 15, 2009
To do full justice to this fascinating subject, you'd need a director with something like Martin Scorsese's appetite for detail, capacity for spectacle, and willingness to face up to his own ambivalence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
November 14, 2008
There is a real problem with a film that, although thoroughly researched and directed with integrity, struggles to move the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 14, 2008
There are plenty of suspect devices and home-made bombs duct-taped to alarm clocks here, but we never find out what makes their creators tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 19, 2009
This isn't revisionist history; it's a key moment in political radicalism reduced to an empty pop-cultural posture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louis Proyect
November 22, 2010
This flick was written by Stefan Aust, long-time editor of Der Spiegel, Germany's version of Time Magazine. Hence the lurid, superficial and reactionary tilt. The Baader-Meinhof gang was disgusting, but nearly as disgusting as the people they fought.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Don Groves
January 3, 2011
A stirring, bloodcurdling terrorist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 2, 2010
An impressive period reconstruction and a ripping yarn that never reduces its complicated and conflicted characters to stereotypes ... one of the best action movies of last year and a thoughtful essay on the futility of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
September 15, 2009
By the end you're left with a question worth asking: What is the best way to put your ideals on the line in any country, in any era?
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
May 6, 2009
At its most arresting when it dwells in the ambiguity that clouds seemingly righteous action.
| Original Score: 4/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
August 28, 2009
For their part, Edel and Eichinger have given an under-explored episode in recent European history a serious and seriously entertaining treatment that stands on its own cinematically and historically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
December 30, 2009
One of the ten best films of 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Irish Times
November 14, 2008
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