Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2002)

Erika Mann and her brother Klaus Mann were the oldest children of renowned German author Thomas Mann; while the siblings strove to earn the love and approval of their father, the elder Mann was a cold and distant person, and Erika and Klaus… More

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Release Date: December 31, 2002
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ed Halter
Village Voice

Weiss and Speck never make a convincing case for the relevance of these two 20th-century footnotes.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Weiss and Speck capture the rich, turbulent tapestry of the Manns' lives.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Why make a documentary about these marginal historical figures? Wouldn't one about their famous dad, author of Death in Venice, etc., be more valuable?

Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An interesting, if not entirely successful, biography of two extraordinary personalities.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The re- enactments, however fascinating they may be as history, are too crude to serve the work especially well.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

It's a bad sign when you're rooting for the film to hurry up and get to its subjects' deaths just so the documentary will be over, but it's indicative of how uncompelling the movie is unless it happens to cover your particular area of interest.