Downfall (Der Untergang) Reviews

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April 3, 2020
Most impressive of all is how, with the world closing in on the ranting, paranoid monster, Ganz ratchets down his performance from towering to cowering in minute increments.
April 24, 2019
It asks a great deal of indulgence from its audience, almost as though nothing less than an endurance test would do in dealing with this heavyweight subject. And that, despite admirable aims, doesn't make for great cinema.
May 20, 2014
Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.
June 29, 2013 unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused...
January 22, 2013
Does Downfall "humanize" Hitler and his henchmen, as its critics have complained? Yes, and it should: to pretend these villains were less than human is to let ourselves off the hook, to take the easy and dangerous exit of demonology.
September 25, 2010
"Downfall" isn't about commuting history's sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning - a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt.
July 21, 2009
It's reach exceeds its grasp; nonetheless, a compelling study of Hitler's last days.
April 18, 2009
As the first German-made film about Hitler's ruination since G.W. Pabst's "Der Letzte Akt" ("The Last Act" - 1956) "Downfall" is a stunning cinematic achievement that illuminates minutiae about the last 10 days of the nefarious German leader who won the h
February 28, 2008
What an act of bravery it was to make Downfall.
March 1, 2007
Features a staggeringly creepy performance by Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler is both a raving psychotic and a beaten, melancholic man.
September 22, 2006
Downfall is an admirably matter-of-fact history lesson of a movie, but next to real footage of real people with real memories of those days, it pales by comparison.
April 1, 2006
March 9, 2006
An important historical movie about the last days of the Third Reich.
January 14, 2006
November 28, 2005
Es un atinado recordatorio de que, como humanidad, debimos haber aprendido la lección, pues de otra forma estamos condenados a repetir la historia, para bien o para mal.
November 3, 2005
The subject matter itself is the fallback support, which is good enough for its purposes, though it could've benefited from a more steered momentum.
August 13, 2005
La película es una nueva y bienvenida mirada hacia eventos históricos que nos han sido contados prácticamente en exclusiva desde el bando ganador.
August 4, 2005
There have been plenty of World War II films over the years, but none delivers as intimate a portrait of German dictator Adolf Hitler and his comrades.
August 4, 2005
...succeeds, for the most part, in painstakingly depicting who did what when, but beyond that, it is a missed opportunity.
August 2, 2005
A lot of movies have been made about Adolf Hitler, but this is certainly one of the best; it shows the psychology that goes on when a leader and his followers fall from power.
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