13 Minutes (Elser) Reviews

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April 5, 2019
The problem with Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes is ultimately the weight of history... It hamstrings the drama.
November 22, 2017
The bottom line about Elser's story -- and this perhaps explains why he remains an obscurity -- is that it petered out. After starting with a bang, so does 13 Minutes.
August 11, 2017
In spite of a sound production, 13 Minutes has a difficult time creating total engagement with its audience.
August 10, 2017
Back in [Hirschbiegel's] element, he delivers a sturdy but routine biopic, one that works best as a political radicalization process film.
July 6, 2017
So this is fairly interesting history, not as interesting as we'd like it to be, but interesting all the same. But in terms of drama, the Elser story has some problems.
June 30, 2017
The "what if?" aspects of this true-life drama are so tantalizing that the movie's workmanlike execution is doubly dissatisfying.
June 30, 2017
Considering its true-life source material, the film's structure mutes its suspense with intermittently compelling flashbacks.
June 30, 2017
Pedestrian, monotonous, dull and exhausting despite strong performances.
June 29, 2017
With a little more shading and originality, "13 Minutes" might have pushed beyond its familiar Nazi tropes to shape something more immediate and infinitely more potent: an ominous portrait of radicalization.
June 27, 2017
Nothing here gets to the central question: Why Elser? In these flashbacks, he witnesses the same horrors that everyone around him does. Why does he do what so many others would not?
June 26, 2017
Review Aside from further vilifying the Nazis, the film's ideological endgame remains a bit too slippery.
February 23, 2016
13 Minutes presents a redundant historical "what if" that leaves itself open to charges of relativization.
December 14, 2015
Christian Friedel's finesse in portraying Elser couldn't draw me in deeper because his back story turned into a romantic melodrama.
July 30, 2015
13 Minutes is a sort of biopic that admires its subject's cause and his conduct under incarceration but never manages to make the man's life anything approaching cinematic.
July 27, 2015
There's no doubting the film looks good..But there's a feeling of both too much gloss and of glossing over details.
July 22, 2015
The movie is well acted and mostly absorbing, but it spells out everything so painstakingly that there's zero room for subtext.
July 22, 2015
As with countless films set in the period, the absence of subtlety combined with predictable dollops of sentimentalism once again trivialize events in the name of making them understandable.
July 20, 2015
The picture does not reach its full dramatic potential ... despite being handsomely mounted and well acted.
July 19, 2015
Friedel has something of the steely vulnerability of a young Al Pacino, but remains shackled by the plodding material.
July 16, 2015
13 Minutes is the German director Oliver Hirschbiegel's follow-up to his gob-smackingly execrable über-flop Diana, and as such the bar of expectation isn't very high.
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