John Rabe Reviews

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
January 1, 1800
An effectively epic and sometimes moving rendering of a momentous event that easily could have remained a historical footnote.