Labyrinth Of Lies


Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)


Critic Consensus: Labyrinth of Lies artfully blends fact with well-intentioned fiction to offer a thought-provoking look at how the lessons of history can be easily lost or forgotten.


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In "Labyrinth of Lies" the economic miracle is changing the life of Germans in post-war Germany 20 years later. Most of them are sick of the war and prefer to push their guilt to the back of their mind. When a journalist (André Szymanski) identifies a teacher in the playground as a former guard from Auschwitz, no one wants to take notice. But a young prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) takes on the case and can't even be stopped by his boss. During his research he realizes that some Germans claim that they never heard the expression "Auschwitz," while others try to forget about it. As the resolute prosecutor doesn't give up, the Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Gert Voss) retains him to take charge of the investigations. Struggling with an overload of information, the young attorney blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies where he almost gets lost.

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Alexander Fehling
as Johann Radmann
Andre Szymanski
as Thomas Gnielka
Friederike Becht
as Marlene Wondrak
Johannes Krisch
as Simon Kirsch
Hansi Jochmann
as Erika Schmitt
Johann von Bülow
as Otto Haller
Robert Hunger-Bühler
as Walter Friedberg
Lukas Miko
as Hermann Langbein
Gert Voss
as Fritz Bauer
Tim Williams
as Major Parker
Mathis Reinhardt
as BKA-Mann Fischer
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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth Of Lies

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (21)

An emotionally affecting and illuminating piece that is beautiful as well as edifying.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

What should have been a fairly direct look at a culture hiding from itself becomes an overdone, angst-everywhere exercise.

Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

The movie reveals so many secrets and twists that it threatens to dilute its message. When a visit to Auschwitz becomes little more than an appreciation of a pretty meadow, the script flirts with banality.

Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Formulaic and uninspired ...

Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Big, sturdy, righteous and romantic.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie is a strong account of a lesser-known episode of post-Holocaust history raised above its obvious cinematic formula by Fehling's anchoring performance and the film's wise approach to the survivors' horrific testimony.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Labyrinth Of Lies


It has the bland and uninspired aesthetics of a film made for television but at least understands well the complexity of its subject matter despite some typical clichés of TV movies, like the protagonist giving in to alcohol abuse and his incomprehensible decision in the third act.

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Carlos Magalhães

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Too soapy, unfocused & formulaic.

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