John Rabe Reviews

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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 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 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.
May 19, 2010
Think of this once-removed re-creation as a melodramatic shoehorn into unspeakable despair.
May 19, 2010
Ulrich Tukur is an actor of great restraint and yet great expressiveness... John Rabe offers a unique perspective on the rape of Nanking.
April 23, 2010
Boasting impressive production values, engaging storytelling and a standout lead performance by German star Ulrich Tukur, John Rabe will receive enthusiastic word of mouth from select arthouse audiences.
April 7, 2010
A great story that needs to be seen.
April 2, 2010
A worthy film that pales in comparison to Schindler's List, despite intelligent turns from Ulrich Tukur and Steve Buscemi.
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