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Downfall (Der Untergang) Reviews

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Nick Schager
February 16, 2005
gravely misguided
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kent Turner
February 18, 2005
Downfall straightforwardly depicts Hitler's last days as not to offend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Blackwelder
March 10, 2005
Very effectively takes you deep inside Nazi Germany's crumbling heart and brings many infamous moments acutely to life, (but) doesn't offer much in the way of new insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 17, 2005
This suspenseful German drama is set during the final days of Adolph Hitler's life, when the once-fearsome Nazi military machine had all but collapsed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
The very thought of humanizing Hitler makes me queasy. If he had a good side, I don't want to know about it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 10, 2005
The filmmakers' mix of history and conjecture doesn't add up to anything more than reenactment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 4, 2005
...succeeds, for the most part, in painstakingly depicting who did what when, but beyond that, it is a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
February 18, 2005
While actor Bruno Ganz's impersonation of Hitler is utterly convincing ... there are a few too many moments when he comes across as a broken old man whose world has shattered around him, even if he brought the calamity on himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 21, 2005
I feel a certain exasperation in writing a description of what is, finally, an extremely literal-minded production.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2005
Viewed through a North American lens, the movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 21/2 hours, more tedious than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
May 20, 2014
Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2005
May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 6, 2005
...a serious and useful film in that it reminds us that the capacity for evil is a human trait.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2005
It is useful to reflect that racism, xenophobia, grandiosity and fear are still with us, and the defeat of one of their manifestations does not inoculate us against others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
February 16, 2005
One of the most finely-crafted World War II films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 11, 2005
It provides a compelling glimpse at a nation wrestling with its greatest demon.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Carroll
March 9, 2005
Some kind of special Oscar needs to be created for Bruno Ganz, who transformation into Adolf Hitler shatters clichés.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 13, 2005
Ganz enthuses a dominating passion that wilts all those around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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