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The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) Reviews

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June 16, 2005
An absorbing Holocaust drama that suggests the forces that drive us toward good or evil are constantly warring within all of us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2005
While the pacing is a bit slow, the story line is engrossing.
June 9, 2005
In this cat-and-mouse Faustian fable, Mr. Diehl and Mr. Matthes are singularly fascinating as tension-filled incompatibles.
June 6, 2005
The true story of a Catholic priest from Luxembourg who must choose between cooperating with the Nazis or being returned to a concentration camp makes for a curiously uninvolving and emotionless film, considering the life-and-death issues it confronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2005
A taut, dialogue-driven play that should be required viewing in college ethics classes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 27, 2005
A grim meditation on faith and betrayal that focuses on a relatively obscure corner of Holocaust history: the fate of the Catholic clergy under the Third Reich.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2005
Credit a literate script and excellent performances by Ulrich Matthes -- tall and gaunt and wearing a wide-brimmed friar's hat -- as Kremer, and August Diehl as the Nazi bureaucrat and failed seminarian assigned to watch over the priest in Luxembourg.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2005
In the face of the Holocaust, a wrestling match over which man is the likelier Judas strikes me as a trivial pursuit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2005
Digs beyond rote charges of ecclesiastical complicity and counter-arguments to explore various levels of resistance and protest — and their consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 26, 2005
In Volker Schlöndorff's somber moral thriller, a Roman Catholic priest, temporarily released from Dachau, finds his conscience tested when the Nazis try to co-opt him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 26, 2005
This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2005
Plays best as a dry exercise in historical doublespeak and rationalization.
May 23, 2005
This film is powerful, concise, fully sustained.
November 30, 2004
A much more intimate WW2 drama than Der Untergang, and even though it is not as strong, it is at least as interesting.
December 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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