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June 3, 2017
Best Hitler biography documentary.
May 19, 2016
showed this to my history pupils and they loved it much easier to understand than a long laborious documentary
January 20, 2016
Hitler's story is told from his childhood and up until his rise to power as Fuhrer of the Third Reich. Robert Carlyle gives us an interesting portrayal as the man himself, as he schemes, kills, manipulates, and pushes his way into power. Also staring Liev Schreiber (Ernst Hanfstaengl) Peter O'Toole (President Hindenburg) and Peter Stormare (Ernst Rohm). Hitler: The Rise of Evil is an intriguing take on how Adolf Hitler rose to power.
February 3, 2015
I've got such mixed feelings about this miniseries. On the one hand, it's the first serious attempt I've seen to tell the story of Hitler's rise. On the other hand, the explanation given for his behavior and success is simplistic at best. Why was Hitler the way he was? Because he was born evil. How did he amass his power? Why did people listen to him? Is there any ounce of his very real charisma on display? Not really. It's particularly indecipherable. By focusing overmuch on his intense antisemitism (for obvious reasons) they basically ignore or downplay the chord of strife and discontent that allowed him to rise to power. This is significant not so much for its effect on the depiction of Hitler but on its portrayal of the people who allowed him to rise. The disconnect between Hitler (evil) and the German people (generally good) makes his rise seem impossible. No mention is made of the many Germans who shared Hitler's ideas (if not his obsession) about Jews and the resentment against the government is entirely mentioned in passing. This makes it seem as if his rise was due entirely to bullying his opponents down. That was a big part of it of course, but nobody can rise so high based solely on bullying. His unshakeable certainty and confidence about the future was a big part. This presentation has the effect of making his rise seem inexplicable.

As for Hitler himself, Robert Carlyle is fairly good. He certainly looks the part. He's rather too crazy and not fanatical enough for my taste. When he shouts you see the madness in his eyes, but it's lacking in the passion and unshakeable certainty that made Hitler so successful a rabble rouser. He's also afraid to give Hitler any really human qualities. In fact, the whole series is afraid of taking any risks lest it accidentally make Hitler sympathetic. Which is ridiculous really. He was human. He was also an impossibly evil bstard. And everyone nowadays knows it. So what's the danger of showing that he was fond of animals? Or that he had an unhappy youth? It's not as if that makes up for his other actions and it explains much of who he was. Making him a caricature of evil incarnate in an otherwise realistic presentation just makes this seem like fantasy. That this could never happen again. That there can never be anything truly compelling about evil men.

The facts themselves are mostly right. They cut and paste a lot and give inaccurate interpretations of key events, but all the key events are here: the intense loyalty to Germanic roots, the service in the first world war, the failed beer hall putsch, the rise to the position of chancellor, the night of the long knives... It's an interesting story of backstabbings and coercion. And as far as that goes it's pretty compelling stuff. It could have been dramatized more, but it still works. While I might wish for a more Downfall-like approach which shows a chillingly human evil at the core this miniseries is certainly a more modest success.
½ January 1, 2015
terrible movie, extremely historically inaccurate.
August 7, 2014
wonderful acting and scenerio truelly amazing
June 4, 2014
I sure learned so many things about Hitler from this movie, never knew about his early years, before starting the genocide. But it was a little weak for a movie, surely okay for a TV movie but one still thinks it could've been better.
March 22, 2014
Robert C played a good part in this
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2014
Engaging biopic about the rise of power of Adolf Hitler, Hitler: The Rise of Evil features a brilliant tour de force performance by actor Robert Carlyle in the lead role. The film chronicles the early years of Hitler's life right up to his prominent rise in politics. Now, the film is pretty inaccurate, but in terms of being a biopic, this is sure to appeal to viewers interested in the subject. In terms of an entertaining biopic, this is a very good film. However if you're expecting an accurate portrait of the facts, you'll sadly be disappointed. But the cast here are great and each bring something unique to the screen that makes this film standout. Do go into this film expecting an accurate portrait of Hitler's life, you won't find it here. The filmmakers do get many aspects of his rise correctly, the fiction overshadows the truth. There are far better films detailing Hitler, and I would suggest to viewers wanting an accurate portrait of events , should watch the film that focuses on the last ten days of his life, Der Untergang (Downfall). Carlyle delivers a stunning performance here, and with that performance alone, you are captivated by his screen presence. Hitler: The Rise of Evil is flawed, but it does have its strengths as well. One is the storyline, which is engaging and entertaining, the other is the acting, from terrific actors. If you're interested in history, then this is the film watch. You may not get the facts, but it can spark interest in a riveting subject matter. Robert Carlyle is a great choice to play the lead role of Adolf Hitler, and along with Bruno Gantz who played the part in Der Untergang is one of the most impressive actors to play one of the most evil historical figures of the 20th century. Hitler: The Rise of Evil is imperfect, but as a whole, it's a good try at capturing Hitler's life on film. With that being said, the most definitive biopic on Hitler has yet to be made.
November 2, 2013
Very good and historically accurate. Robert Carlyle's performance is top-notch
June 15, 2013
Carlyle does a good performance, and the film is informative
½ June 15, 2013
Be it a television film, "The Rise of Evil" is an honest and accurate portrayal of the rise of Hitler's rise to power, influences, and intentions.
½ May 28, 2013
quite boring yet informative none the less
December 16, 2012
Ce n'est pas un mauvais film mais , il y a beaucoup déreure historique. La plus flagrante est que Hitler n'etait sur la première ligne au poutch que sur les photos de propagande.
November 18, 2012
A surprisingly interesting and affective biography. The writing was poor at times but the acting by Robert Carlyle and Liev Schreiber wholly made up for it. An intriguing film that turns out to be fairly entertaining.
½ October 19, 2012
A tremendous account of Hitler's rise to power. Robert Carlyle is stunning, and the rest of the cast is top notch. Not 100% historically accurate but it really does the job. Superb drama.
October 8, 2012
grate acting and good casting this is a good film
½ August 13, 2012
Good acting but historically its not worth a penny
August 11, 2012
Carlyle is brilliant is this film
August 6, 2012
There are worse ways to catch up on the history you slept through at school. Robert Carlyle owns this role.
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