John Rabe Reviews

January 15, 2020
Given the subject matter of "John Rabe" I expected a bit more than a typical Milos Forman-esque preaching biopic.
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
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 18, 2010
Cello-scored pantomimes of resilience and grief can make us feel, but it's not always evident who or what that serves.
May 17, 2010
In Gallenberger's film, the Chinese are allowed onscreen as victims only.
April 2, 2010
Everything seems glossy and muted, like a romantic novel without romance and Rabe's tragically forlorn and unappreciated existence after the war is not shown.
February 13, 2009
Despite the emotive subject matter, pic is often too sluggish dramatically, and never knits together its stock Western characters into a satisfying whole.