13 Minutes (Elser) Reviews

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August 17, 2017
Although "13 Minutes" is a period piece, it addresses issues that continue to resonate in society.
August 8, 2017
[A] gripping, somber German-language drama based on actual events ...
July 27, 2017
Friedel conveys an awful lot simply with his eyes as Elser, projecting lusty soulfulness in happier times, sorrow over the Nazis' rise to power, and stunned disbelief at his plot's failure.
July 21, 2017
It puts one in the mind to make a meme: Hitler reacts to Oliver Hirschbiegel's prosaic flashback transitions.
July 20, 2017
Conspiracy theories surrounded the Elser plot for years, and his political motives have been debated; as scripted here, he acted alone and purely from moral conviction, which Friedel conveys in a passionate, charismatic performance.
July 7, 2017
"13 Minutes" is a superbly acted and strikingly evocative work, with careful attention to period detail and its many emotional beats.
July 7, 2017
13 Minutes works like clockwork as an artful (if not terribly ambitious) take on a grotesque era.
July 6, 2017
A compelling and passionate performance from Friedel defines 13 Minutes but occasionally the storytelling falters, including an unexplained years-long gap between his conviction and execution.
July 6, 2017
A psychological portrait of resistance, made all the more timely - and creepily, almost offensively, unsettling - given the current political climate in the United States.
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.
July 6, 2017
13 Minutes is proof that a hero isn't about having success against impossible odds; it's about doing the right thing when everyone else on the planet is doing something else.
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
A genuine achievement on an inexhaustible subject.
June 29, 2017
While not as powerful as the brilliant Downfall, which chronicled Hitler's final days, 13 Minutes is definitely a story worth telling, and intriguingly timed.
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 29, 2017
Tells a fascinating but inevitably grim story, both more interesting and more downbeat than one might anticipate.
June 28, 2017
The answer the film provides seems a bit easier than what the real story must have been. It's presented as a love story, first and foremost.
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?
March 17, 2016
As a first step back into polite cinematic society after a long run of duffers, Hirschbiegel's film has a certain value to it.
July 22, 2015
The film boasts handsome production values and is as intricately put together as the device Elser so painstakingly assembles.
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