Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) Reviews

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August 23, 2018
It is brutal, relentless, nihilistic, violent, terrifying, relentless, psychopathic, and yet it is so powerful, so explosively febrile, it compels you to watch and keep watching.
January 17, 2018
Two problems I had with the film were that the subtitles were too small making them difficult to read and that they did not remain on the screen long enough to adequately read. Nevertheless, it is an amazing movie and well worth your time.
November 17, 2011
September 7, 2011
October 10, 2010
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.
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.
September 25, 2009
Part thriller, part social history, this tense 2008 drama traces the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang.
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.
September 25, 2009
Edel uses documentary tropes to realize his overarching narrative, and the end result is an electrifying, morally complex story of the evil that men (and women) do in the name of the greater good.
September 18, 2009
There are some literally killer performances here, most notably Johanna Wokalek as Gudrun.
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.
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.
September 15, 2009
There's an element of relatable humanity missing from the foundation of trying to tell a story that could have taken six hours in 144 minutes, but there's no denying the power of those 144 minutes.
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?
September 15, 2009
Very good, very smart, very clear.
September 10, 2009
Impressive in its scale and momentum, it's the kind of action-packed political melodrama that generates more heat than light.
September 10, 2009
The Baader-Meinhof Complex is diluted by too many events and characters distributed over too much time.
September 4, 2009
A rare epic that deserves every minute of its epic length.
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.
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