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Hannah Arendt Reviews

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.
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
August 21, 2013
Von Trotta's direction is assured and the film has an incredibly strong performance at its core, and it asks a number of important questions, even though it doesn't dare to answer them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2013
Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
In an era of sleepwalking surrender, "Hannah Arendt" is a welcome wake-up call, a ringing reminder that warring forces first assemble on the battlefield of conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
Balanced portrayal, makes a persuasive case that Arendt was a valuable voice, whose dedicated work in trying to unravel the causes of Europe's moral collapse was worthy of study and consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 4, 2013
A film that ultimately says more about banality than evil.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2013
[A] moving examination of the limits of human understanding when confronted with evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2013
Hannah Arendt is hagiography of the most egregious kind. It makes Lincoln look like a smear job.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 20, 2013
Mixed bag, fascinating in its treatment of the Eichmann case, but stilted in its treatment of Arendt and her coterie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2013
Sukowa, who is very appealing in some personal moments in the film, makes Arendt strong in a cool, logical, but humanly unrealistic position.
June 6, 2013
Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2013
Von Trotta includes actual footage of Eichmann's trial, simultaneously trivializing it and diminishing the rest of the movie to the vanishing point.
May 31, 2013
It's involving, as biopics go, but the shattering debates that still swirl around Arendt's view of the Holocaust are relegated to walk-ons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2013
It's the actual courtroom footage that's the most effectively deep and ambiguous thing in this well-crafted but static biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2013
Once we get to the Eichmann trial and its aftermath, it's mesmerizing.
May 30, 2013
A mildly intriguing drama of the often unavoidable and contentious intersection of intellectual analysis and personal prejudices.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 28, 2013
My only real problem with "Hannah Arendt" is that it's not a mini-series.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2013
Being accused of rationalizing the Third Reich and disowned by Zionist friends doesn't provide a lot of drama, but the relentless focus on figuring out how we are to think about the Final Solution can be compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2013
The writer-philosopher Hannah Arendt is brought to life by a mesmerizing Barbara Sukowa in Margarethe von Trotta's film.