Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Reviews

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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.
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 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.
April 14, 2006
A disturbing film about courage, idealism, youth and the grim mechanics of mankind gone mad.
April 14, 2006
Frank and frightening.
April 8, 2006
Sophie Scholl's is a story well worth telling, and this movie is one well worth checking out.
April 7, 2006
Offers the rousingly cathartic spectacle of a young woman who stood up and did what the country has been accused for 70 years of failing to do: to its face, she told Hitler's Third Reich to shove it.
April 7, 2006
Highly personal and wrenching story.
March 31, 2006
[Jentsch] creates a deeply human portrait of a courageous young woman at a moment when that kind of courage seemed in terribly short supply.
March 31, 2006
Rothemund and screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer have locked themselves into an episodic structure that offers virtually no nuance.
March 30, 2006
The sentence against her is carried out with startling promptness; because of the movie's title, we are not surprised, but we are jolted.
March 30, 2006
As Sophie, Julia Jentsch is so good, so coolly passionate and unaffectedly moving in her pursuit of justice, the performance transcends the workmanlike trappings of the film itself.
March 24, 2006
The Scholls were obviously courageous people. It's a shame this film isn't more of a tribute to their bravery.
March 17, 2006
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days doesn't use any cinematic flourishes and embellishments; it doesn't need to.
March 10, 2006
Rothemund gives us his sophisticated filmmaking only in the finale, which is devastating in its briskness and fury.
March 3, 2006
The film holds us rapt not through narrative suspense but through the eerie and demanding spectacle of profound moral courage, of a powerless good person in collision with absolute evil.
March 1, 2006
This seeming psychological incongruity made Sophie more human and more heroic to me, as well as more worthy of the deep respect that George Bernard Shaw and Danish filmmaker Carl Dreyer expressed for Saint Joan.
February 24, 2006
Jentsch is a mesmerizing presence in the role of this incredibly strong young woman, as is Mohr playing a man whose humanity and political beliefs are at odds.
February 24, 2006
As befits a film about a woman who took much of her strength from religious conviction, Jentsch's performance seems to be lit from within.
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