Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)
Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979)

In Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass' allegorical novel, David Bennent plays Oskar, the young son of a German rural family, circa 1925. On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out New York

Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

There are many themes running through The Tin Drum: resistance against an unkind world, the need for acceptance, the horrors of romance and war, and the final idea that growth is inevitable and unfortunately, necessary.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This movie rests on the small shoulders of David Bennent as 'three-year-old' Oskar Matzerath, and the undersized twelve-year-old comes up wonderful.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy. (It only falters in its final half-hour.)

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Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine

In Volker Schlöndorff's restored version of his 1979 classic, Oskar Matzerath emerges as a tragic anti-hero, whose lustful imagination and prodigious magical gifts can't shield him from the juggernaut of war.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Context is everything. Although often mistaken as a black comedy, Volker Schlöndorff's bold adaptation of Günter Grass's abstractly autobiographical 1959 novel is an exemplary model of European magic realist cinema.

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Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The literal adaptation doesn't transfer that well to film.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Fascinating allegory with war, death themes and little boy who won't grow up.


Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A little German boy decides to stop growing up at 3 and a half years old, then watches as Hitler rises to power. A classic comic nightmare about "little… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Disturbing and notorious, The Tin Drum introduces a three-year-old who opted to stay in infancy because of disenchantment with maturity. A controversial Cannes… More
Lucas Martins
Darkly humor, surrealism and controversial, Die Blechtrommel is a dazzing, entertaning and unique film that bring to us a great direction, just like the… More
Anthony Lawrie
Absurd but beautiful. Wonderfully directed by Schlondorff and an amazing turn from a young David Bennent. It?s a tough one to explain so I recommend you watch… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Mischievous, visually stunning, hilarious and compelling. quite an achievement adapting GÃ 1/4nter Grass' novel.
Randy Tippy
Notorious for once being banned in both Oklahoma City and Ontario, <i>The Tin Drum</i> chronicles one little boy's bizarre response to the… More