John Rabe Reviews

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January 15, 2020
Given the subject matter of "John Rabe" I expected a bit more than a typical Milos Forman-esque preaching biopic.
March 21, 2018
An impressive film, with a careful and emotive story... [Full review in Spanish]
August 12, 2011
It's worth seeing this feature about the heroic figure of John Rabe, even though the movie leaves much to be desired dramatically.
July 5, 2011
A serious, large-budget treatment of Rabe's exploits and a moving, terrific film about trying to maintain one's decency amidst horrors.
September 22, 2010
John Rabe preserves history while painting a portrait of a most complicated hero.
September 17, 2010
It is a tale of a true hero, even if in its minor details it's less than entirely true. For a movie with ambitions as big as "John Rabe," that doesn't just make it good. That makes it epic.
June 29, 2010
Despite a reliance on docu-drama contrivances, a reasonably intelligent, impressively mounted account of a little-known act of twentieth-century heroism.
June 18, 2010
Thanks to Tukur, what we get here is still something: a stunning portrait of a good man caught in a widening inferno.
June 4, 2010
Drawn from Rabe's diaries, the film is rich in telling and ironic details.
May 27, 2010
One of the few films so far this year that deserves to be called an epic. Great acting and superb sets and cinematography make this a great success.
May 24, 2010
One of the main virtues of John Rabe is to demonstrate that, however much we know about the worst of all wars, it still has little-known corners that can amaze us.
May 23, 2010
Deftly incorporated into the narrative is archival footage from the Nanking Massacre -- a stark reminder of the horrifying true events on which the film is based.
May 22, 2010
An often contrived, melodramatic and pedestrian war drama slightly elevated by Ulrich Tukur's captivating performance, exquisite production values and a modicum of suspense.
May 21, 2010
Despite its gruesome scenes of hundreds of Chinese prisoners of war being lined up and executed and its ostentatious shots of severed heads, the movie is less than indelible.
May 21, 2010
Portrait of altruism in the face of staggering odds by a righteous group of foreigners, movingly and passionately enacted as full individuals, not plaster saints.
May 21, 2010
There are many powerful moments, including a mass beheading, before the film turns into a sappy, Frank Capra-esque affair.
May 20, 2010
Reduced to obscurity after the war, Rabe deserves to be remembered for his role in shielding hundreds of thousands in a "safety zone" on company grounds. But the film will help little in securing his legacy.
May 20, 2010
This is a story of courage and integrity, and the phlegmatic Ulrich Tukur does well by a quiet hero ignored for over half a century.
May 20, 2010
Unusual portrait of a Nazi and German businessman who is known in China as a living Buddha for saving 250,000 citizens of Nanking during the Sino-Japanese war.
May 20, 2010
Gallenberger has an astute visual sense, and he's good at transmitting lots of information with a single image.
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