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Downfall (Der Untergang) Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
May 20, 2014
Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
June 29, 2013
...an unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 21, 2009
It's reach exceeds its grasp; nonetheless, a compelling study of Hitler's last days.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
What an act of bravery it was to make Downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Features a staggeringly creepy performance by Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler is both a raving psychotic and a beaten, melancholic man.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 9, 2006
An important historical movie about the last days of the Third Reich.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film Threat
January 14, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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.
| Original Score: A-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 31, 2005
A long stare into an abyss from which no comforting answers can emerge.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Lester Pimentel
PopMatters
July 29, 2005
The film's searing portrayal of an utterly pathetic fanaticism is its most enduring effect.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 28, 2005
Downfall, along with the well-done additional [DVD] special features, is a must-see film for anyone who considers themselves a history buff, a film junkie or both.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
July 24, 2005
Downfall takes on the unenviable task of portraying [Hitler] as a man, rather than a caricature or parody as the norm has dictated.
| Original Score: 65/100
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Newsweek
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July 14, 2011
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Derek Elley
Variety
December 31, 2008
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
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September 28, 2006
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June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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September 26, 2005
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July 5, 2005

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May 13, 2005
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Georgia Straight
March 20, 2005
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