Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) Reviews

September 23, 2005
Richter makes wonderful if obvious use of the wall and the tunnel as built-in metaphors for our struggle for human connection and dread of helplessness and change.
September 15, 2005
It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment -- a classic suspense thriller -- that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.
September 15, 2005
Richter gives a raw, frank but sophisticated account of the excruciating logistics of this great escape, and the appalling, inspiring blend of betrayal and courage that attended the group's herculean efforts.
September 2, 2005
A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment.
September 2, 2005
It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore.
August 19, 2005
Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
August 18, 2005
It's so well told that you'll be biting your nails until the film's final few minutes.
June 24, 2005
There are few moments when you're not totally absorbed by the film.
June 10, 2005
Based on a true story from the late 1950s, this thrilling drama looks at the extraordinary lengths taken by a group of West Berliners to dig a tunnel under the city's barbed-wire border with East Berlin.
April 29, 2005
Director Roland Suso Richter maintains tension for 2 1/2 hours, even though the resolution is almost surreal.
April 29, 2005
Richter's brisk direction keeps us riveted through the suspenseful finish of his vivid history lesson.
April 28, 2005
Roland Suso Richter's darkly atmospheric film recounts the effort of a group of people to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
April 26, 2005
It's distressing to learn how much German television looks like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
February 7, 2003
If it weren't for subtitles, Roland Suso Richter's The Tunnel would be indistinguishable from a polished made-for-TV timewaster from anywhere in the world such things are produced.
February 7, 2003
It's all a bit reminiscent of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot -- different war, but a similar stylistic economy and claustrophobic mood.