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The German Doctor (2014)



Critic Consensus: The German Doctor applies a refreshing level of restraint to its intriguing premise, and boasts solid performances from a talented cast.

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Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. (c) Samuel Goldwyn

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (18)

Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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Quietly unnerving.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Chicago Reader
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This curious, surprisingly safe melodrama fictionalises the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Time Out
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Puenzo masterfully balances the film's thriller edge with disturbing details about Mengele's obsession with genetic experimentation, as well as the community of German expatriates in Argentina helping old Nazis elude arrest.

May 22, 2014
Seattle Times
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Puenzo has a knack for plumbing the heads and hearts of teenage girls. The director coaxes a mesmerizing, unmannered performance out of Bado, who is making her feature-film debut.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Washington Post
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The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Well-acted and directed, The German Doctor will be hard for many American audiences due to the foreign language. However, if you can get over that, you'll find some great performances, and a tight thriller to enjoy.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

Argentina's Oscar submission, aka "Wakolda," benefits most from a superb performance by teen Florencia Bado.

Scottt French
Scottt French

How much is he charming and caring? How much is he manipulative and nefarious? The game of sorting and evaluating motivations wends through a reasonably effective historical drama anchored by strong performances from Alex Brendemühl as Mengele and Florencia Bado as the girl, Lilith. (We also get a bit of gorgeous Argentine scenery.)

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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