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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 11, 2005
It's no wonder Schlöndorff favors close-ups; with Mattes on screen, The Ninth Day gets right to its emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 7, 2005
The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2005
An accomplished, confident work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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
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Derek Elley
July 7, 2005
A thoughtfully written drama of ideas with vivid performances by August Diehl and Ulrich Matthes.
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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.
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 16, 2005
While the pacing is a bit slow, the story line is engrossing.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 9, 2005
In this cat-and-mouse Faustian fable, Mr. Diehl and Mr. Matthes are singularly fascinating as tension-filled incompatibles.
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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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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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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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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
Plays best as a dry exercise in historical doublespeak and rationalization.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 23, 2005
This film is powerful, concise, fully sustained.