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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 16, 2009
It doggedly refuses easy ways out, and it has the guts, brains and critical eye to plumb the roots of terror and its bloody consequences.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 1, 2009
The Baader-Meinhof Complex is not an easy film to watch; its violence is ugly and brutish. And there's a lot of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2009
Part thriller, part social history, this tense 2008 drama traces the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 25, 2009
It'd be nice to see an American filmmaker commit a similar reckoning with the Watts riots, the Weather Underground, or the Black Power movement, not simply resort to cant and kitsch but to really interpret those moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 18, 2009
There are some literally killer performances here, most notably Johanna Wokalek as Gudrun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 18, 2009
There's a fine line to walk when making a film about outlaws: A few wrong moves and, presto, glamorization occurs. To its credit, The Baader Meinhof Complex almost entirely avoids this pitfall.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2009
A thoroughly engrossing tale of conflicting agendas and thwarted ambition. In its verve and verisimilitude, the film recalls such classics of political cinema as Z and The Battle of Algiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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?
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
September 15, 2009
Very good, very smart, very clear.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 10, 2009
Impressive in its scale and momentum, it's the kind of action-packed political melodrama that generates more heat than light.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2009
A rare epic that deserves every minute of its epic length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2009
Even though its purpose couldn't be more serious, its style could hardly be more pulp. Which is probably fitting for a group that started out with high-minded goals and ended up robbing banks and blowing people away.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 24, 2009
I have seen The Baader Meinhof Complex three or four times now, and, despite exasperation with its fissile form, I find it impossible not to be plunged afresh into this engulfing age of European anxiety.
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 21, 2009
This dramatic film documents a decade of near-anarchy in Germany, beginning with a brutal 1967 police riot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 21, 2009
This starkly unromantic epic ultimately benefits from its 150-minute running time, immersing the audience in the RAF's journey from shared passion to collective madness as their movement runs its full, sad, bloody course.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 21, 2009
A taut, unnerving, forcefully unromantic film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
The movie has an undeniable sweep, increasing in intensity once the principals are arrested in June 1972.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 14, 2008
As an action-packed pageant of events it is excitingly demonstrative and provocative, but as human drama it proves a mite too enigmatic and unyielding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Bonnie J. Gordon
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
A long but powerful true-life drama of 1970s German terrorists features masterful storytelling and bravura performances.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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.