Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Reviews

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July 10, 2007
A very tense study of the last days of Nazism, and a worthy homage to a true heroine...
May 31, 2007
A claustrophobic bio-pic which telescopes tightly on the torture of the fearless activist till her demise after less than a week in the hands of Hitler's sadistic interrogators.
March 28, 2007
The film has an immeasurable fascination that makes us look on as voyeurs and wonder how we might have reacted during such desperate times.
December 30, 2006
Compelling in its depiction of quiet heroism, this testament to the power of passive resistance is made all the more authentic and poignant by the superbly controlled performance of Julia Jentsch.
November 25, 2006
Jentsch keep[s] up a subtle, restrained performance while the movie Nazis around her are screaming themselves red in the face. She succeeds beyond all expectation.
October 14, 2006
The realization that we are, in many instances, listening in on actual proceedings gives the film an immediacy that no dramatist could hope to match.
October 7, 2006
Just when you think not one more story can shed light on the Second World War (at least without the blessing of Tom Hanks), along comes Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, a starkly stirring tale of resistance to all-encompassing evil.
July 20, 2006
The subject matter apart, the film is a meticulously crafted drama, observing and recording the events, setting mood and creating a sense of time and place that further deepen our involvement.
June 24, 2006
The film holds few surprises, though it builds a remarkable level of suspense during the fait-accompli interrogation scenes, and is a well-intended commemoration of a courageous young woman.
June 2, 2006
There's a resonance to Sophie Scholl that crosses borders and approaches the timeless.
May 27, 2006
There's no moment of release, no instant of sudden redemption in this powerful, moving, and altogether devastating film.
May 25, 2006
Though Scholl's inquisition and trial are harrowing, there's too little sense of what sort of person Scholl was. We can only grasp at air and guess what it was inside her that drove her to forsake her life in favor of a higher purpose.
May 17, 2006
The film has a serious, urgent tone, but not a preachy or strident one.
May 12, 2006
The narrative is tight and compelling, claustrophobic in scope, with acting performances that chill in their understated anxiety and courage.
May 12, 2006
Through it all, Jentsch is a beacon of bravery and resolve in the darkness of a totalitarian machine. If any actor in an English-language film has given a better performance in the past year, I'd like to see it.
May 3, 2006
...to shorten the discussions between Mohr and Scholl would have been to miss the point. She makes her lasting impression on Mohr, and us, not by violence, or cacophony, but by the persistence, patience and persuasiveness of her intellectual discourse...
May 3, 2006
[Sophie and Hans] embody the adolescent faith that any political action is better than none, and the movie couldn't treat them more glowingly if their actions had been effective.
April 21, 2006
Devout but no saint, Sophie was one of those people whose moral gravity (helped by a wonderful family) bears witness for humanity when that is most needed.
April 21, 2006
The courage to act as she and her colleagues did in the worst possible scenario should inspire anyone, of whatever political stripe, to speak out before it gets to the point where her story could possibly be a true one.
April 14, 2006
Those with the courage to stick with director Marc Rothemund's fact-based drama will discover a wrenching, infuriating and ultimately uplifting experience.
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