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The Young Karl Marx makes a valiant attempt to make the philosophical cinematic, but lacks sufficient depth to tackle its complex themes. Read critic reviews

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In 1844, the young Karl Marx meets Friedrich Engles, who shares his views on the exploitation of the working class.

Cast & Crew

Stefan Konarske
Friedrich Engels
Vicky Krieps
Jenny Marx
Olivier Gourmet
Pierre Proudhon
Alexander Scheer
Willhelm Weitling
Peter Benedict
Engels' Father
Raoul Peck
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Pascal Bonitzer
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Rémi Grellety
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Robert Guédiguian
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Critic Reviews for The Young Karl Marx

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (19)

  • August Diehl... invests the twentysomething Marx with a quick mind and a feverish impatience that propel the narrative forward, his energy a real asset to a film that trades heavily in ideas.

    April 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Peck's work is handsome; what it lacks is a true sense of danger, a feeling of history roiling in the present tense.

    June 21, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Kolja Brandt's cinematography makes a modest production budget look lavish.

    May 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There are no memorable shots in the film and Peck seldom attempts to tell the story, or at least exemplify its themes, through visual means. It actually looks a lot like it was made to be consumed on television.

    May 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • One may conclude Raoul Peck's biopic is so absorbing because Marx's ideas remain so full of fire and so alive.

    May 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With the sensibility of a very boring Downton Abbey and a political consciousness to match, The Young Marx is an insipid disaster.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 25, 2018
    Occasionally there are scenes that find the truth of being a young radical trying to save the world but mostly the movie seems content to just have Marx and Engels drink and always be right.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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