The Edukators Reviews

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October 7, 2005
What is interesting to watch are the unexpected turns that occur when a jilted lover, a kidnapped rich capitalist and a pair of new lovers are cooped up in an isolated chalet.
October 7, 2005
Plays out like an ambivalent political tract, full of dissatisfaction but no conclusions.
September 15, 2005
Captures the frustration of those who sense something deeply dysfunctional in the political and economic status quo but feel impotent do anything about it.
September 9, 2005
Unless you're the sort who has a Che Guevara T-shirt tucked away somewhere in your closet, the needlessly long The Edukators wears out its welcome.
September 9, 2005
The situations feel real, the injustices believable and the human frailty is all too recognizable.
September 9, 2005
Intelligent, entertaining and, yes, educational as it looks at the nature of political activism now and then.
September 8, 2005
Like its protagonists, it means well, but gets mixed up. Too easily.
September 2, 2005
It ends interestingly, but it would've ended better, and played better, had it been half an hour shorter.
August 5, 2005
With greater critical distance on the filmmaker's part, and a disciplined use of the editing scissors, it might have been something substantial.
August 5, 2005
Ambitious but ultimately lackluster drama about the conflict between extremist politics and selfish human nature.
August 5, 2005
The whole thing feels messy, painful, funny and believable, just like that hideous circus known as real life.
August 5, 2005
There's an evenhanded humanism flowing through 'The Edukators that may strike doctrinaire viewers on either side of the divide as mushy, but it's tough enough for the rest of us to chew on for a long time.
August 5, 2005
For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.
August 4, 2005
A deft, entertaining story that mixes menace with charm and satire with seriousness.
August 4, 2005
This year's most articulate statement on film about the current disillusion with politics among young people everywhere in the Western world.
July 28, 2005
A sweet, funny and gripping romantic adventure, it's about the limitations of political activism in this day and age, and what happens when your girlfriend and your best friend fall in love.
July 28, 2005
Ambling drama shows an exasperating lack of economy and a weakness for diatribe dialogue, but becomes progressively more involving after a laborious start.
July 27, 2005
The film is less a bohemian thrill ride than a slow lecture.
July 27, 2005
The first film to anatomize the contradictions of the rage-against-the-machine generation.
July 25, 2005
Weingartner's movie is never quite as keen-edged as it hopes or needs to be.
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