Hannah Arendt Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
...actors in supporting roles telegraph the controversies surrounding Arendt's personality as if they were attempting to literally touch the viewer's nose.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Weaving
April 7, 2014
Von Trotta doesn't do justice to this strong woman and her contribution to thinking about the nature of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Aaron Yap
March 16, 2014
A crisply measured character study with plenty of intriguing ideas, elevated by a terrific, finely calibrated performance by Sukowa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2014
A dramatically solid, if talky, account of the controversial episode in the post-war world that spawned the phrase "the banality of evil", with strong performances from Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 12, 2014
I really like this film. I like the milieu that's created of this intellectual life in New York during the 1950s. I think Sukowa is fantastic in the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 12, 2014
It's refreshing to find a film inspired by challenging ideas, and Von Trotta and her team are to be congratulated for bringing Arendt's story to the screen
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 12, 2014
Sukowa is a supple and brave actress; getting inside Arendt's arguments is the hardest and if the film only succeeds sometimes, that is still a major achievement. Very few films in this era would have dared.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 11, 2014
Von Trotta's style is pretty stolid. She aims for documentary thoroughness rather than exhilarating drama. Nonetheless, it's good to see a film that gets its narrative charge from the ferment of intellectual debate. It's a rare breed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2014
it is as a piece of drama about the human condition that this film needs to be assessed, and on that score - with a few quibbles about structure and flashbacks and occasional lack of clarity - it is successful, in its own rigorous way
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2014
Totalitarianism with sinful intentions versus bureaucratic compliance is what is on the menu - the result is more interesting on an academic and intellectual level than in actual engagement and entertainment terms
Emily S. Mendel
February 17, 2014
From watching Hannah Arendt, we learn that it is possible to make a taut, compelling film about intellectuals, their opinions and discourse.
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 5, 2014
Hey, who doesn't love a good retrospective courtroom drama, or a tasteful picture about a smart writer having a think?
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2014
An intelligent film for open-minded thinkers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Henry Giardina
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Arendt, through the film's glamorizing lens, becomes a character impossible not to identify or agree with.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Thinker and writer adds an intellectual footnote to the Holocaust
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2013
Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
[Barbara Sukowa] invests Arendt with a steely fury, but the film, set during and after the 1961 trial of ex--Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, has an entertaining cocktail-banter superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
September 29, 2013
The banality of evil is examined in this solid and intelligent account of Arendt's controversial conclusions on the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
September 27, 2013
The period is subtly rendered and the climactic defence of her ideas before a class of students and critics is a stirring and thought-provoking coda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 26, 2013
This is an interesting film about ideas, and how explosive they can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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