Downfall (Der Untergang)
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Downfall is an illuminating, thoughtful and detailed account of Hitler's last days.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

For emotional effect it trades less in the spectacle of ebbing power than the tragedy of power's mysterious thrall.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

...an unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused...

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Hirschbiegel and Ganz are not apologizing for Nazism. They are trying to come to terms with the fact that the evils of Nazism were invented and carried out by human beings.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

"Downfall" isn't about commuting history's sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning - a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

It's reach exceeds its grasp; nonetheless, a compelling study of Hitler's last days.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A very interesting look at an oft-over-reviewed subject.
Anthony Lawrie
Downfall is probably one of the greatest war films ever made, not just because the acting and directing are sublime but because most importantly it is factual… More
xGary Xx
Based on true life memoirs of people who were actually there, this starkly gripping depiction of the last days of the third reich can hardly be described as an… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Downfall is a true portrayal of the last days of a "human" Adolf Hitler along with the death of a social-political ideology in striking detail. An… More
Apeneck Fletcher
That this, the most accessible, most illuminating film about the end of the Third Reich and the last days of Adolph Hitler, comes from Germany ... well, its… More
Chris Weber
This is not the first film to capture the final days of Hitler and the Third Reich, but it is the only one I have seen, and it is some kind of masterpiece. What… More

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