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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2005
A film that strives for meaning and resonance but doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
I'm not sure this film needed to be made, and in the end, it becomes plodding and predictable
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 15, 2005
It just feels like too much over too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 2, 2005
A morality thriller filled with heavy-handed allusions to the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 7, 2005
A morally complex and emotionally satisfying drama about the vagaries of Catholic response to the Third Reich.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 24, 2007
Impressively tackles the enduring dilemma inherent in dramatically depicting the enormous horror of the Nazi death camps, and meeting that challenge, oddly enough, in tacit admission of the very impossibility of that task.
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2006
A fresh way to illuminate another worthy dark Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
Plays best as a dry exercise in historical doublespeak and rationalization.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 15, 2005
Schlondorff draws a telling picture of the ravished moral landscape that kept the wheels of the Holocaust turning.
| Original Score: B
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 18, 2005
Schlondorff's greatest tools in forging this character study is taste, balance, and a pro's inherent sense of dramatic construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Boyd van Hoeij
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.
Harvey S. Karten
May 29, 2005
A taut, dialogue-driven play that should be required viewing in college ethics classes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 10, 2005
The dark, rotting interiors and sunless winter skies create a festering atmosphere of unexpiated guilt as Kremer ponders the question of how a decent man is to navigate the rivers of hell.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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