Before the Fall (Napola) Reviews

April 7, 2006
Nearly every point made in Before the Fall, be it about militarism or the secret sexual codes of fascism, is made too obviously, or has been made before, in films from Cabaret to Europa, Europa.
March 24, 2006
It asks us to sympathize with teenage boys being groomed for National Socialist glory, and for that reason alone, it absorbs.
March 10, 2006
... hooks you by focusing on Friedrich's very human story.
February 24, 2006
One senses that Gansel took the most egregious stories from his research and stuffed them all into the shapeless script.
February 24, 2006
The film is a competent but callow work dealing with a monstrous subject that automatically rejects callowness.
January 12, 2006
A fascinating look at a little-known aspect of the Nazi regime.
January 6, 2006
The best thing about Gansel's film is it doesn't ask you to absolve anyone; it only tries to make everyone a little more human.
November 18, 2005
A work of exemplary craftsmanship, crisp and forthright yet modulated by subtle nuances, Before the Fall ranks high among the year's films.
November 17, 2005
Completely predictable but affecting nonetheless, proof that when movie clichs are presented with rigor and feeling, they can pack a fresh punch.
October 29, 2005
The movie's own moral stance is above reproach, and the two leads are engaged enough to make you care about the outcome.