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Downfall (Der Untergang) Reviews

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February 16, 2005
gravely misguided
| Original Score: 2.5/5
February 18, 2005
Downfall straightforwardly depicts Hitler's last days as not to offend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2005
Very effectively takes you deep inside Nazi Germany's crumbling heart and brings many infamous moments acutely to life, (but) doesn't offer much in the way of new insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2005
This suspenseful German drama is set during the final days of Adolph Hitler's life, when the once-fearsome Nazi military machine had all but collapsed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 18, 2005
The very thought of humanizing Hitler makes me queasy. If he had a good side, I don't want to know about it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2005
The filmmakers' mix of history and conjecture doesn't add up to anything more than reenactment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 11, 2005
Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
April 23, 2019
It asks a great deal of indulgence from its audience, almost as though nothing less than an endurance test would do in dealing with this heavyweight subject. And that, despite admirable aims, doesn't make for great cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 4, 2005
...succeeds, for the most part, in painstakingly depicting who did what when, but beyond that, it is a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
February 18, 2005
While actor Bruno Ganz's impersonation of Hitler is utterly convincing ... there are a few too many moments when he comes across as a broken old man whose world has shattered around him, even if he brought the calamity on himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2005
I feel a certain exasperation in writing a description of what is, finally, an extremely literal-minded production.
March 18, 2005
Viewed through a North American lens, the movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 21/2 hours, more tedious than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2005
Explores the final 10 days of the 20th century's most hateful genocidal killer with a degree of objectivity, humanity and unflinching intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 20, 2014
Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2005
May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2005
...a serious and useful film in that it reminds us that the capacity for evil is a human trait.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2005
It is useful to reflect that racism, xenophobia, grandiosity and fear are still with us, and the defeat of one of their manifestations does not inoculate us against others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2005
One of the most finely-crafted World War II films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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