Hannah Arendt
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Hannah Arendt
The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker-controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils-introduced her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil." Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion of thought… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"In an era of sleepwalking surrender, "Hannah Arendt" is a welcome wake-up call, a ringing reminder that warring forces first assemble on the battlefield of conscience."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"...actors in supporting roles telegraph the controversies surrounding Arendt's personality as if they were attempting to literally touch the viewer's nose."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"A dramatically solid, if talky, account of the controversial episode in the post-war world that spawned the phrase "the banality of evil", with strong performances from Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Sukowa is a supple and brave actress; getting inside Arendt's arguments is the hardest and if the film only succeeds sometimes, that is still a major achievement. Very few films in this era would have dared."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"[Barbara Sukowa] invests Arendt with a steely fury, but the film, set during and after the 1961 trial of ex--Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, has an entertaining cocktail-banter superficiality."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Balanced portrayal, makes a persuasive case that Arendt was a valuable voice, whose dedicated work in trying to unravel the causes of Europe's moral collapse was worthy of study and consideration."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Von Trotta doesn't do justice to this strong woman and her contribution to thinking about the nature of evil."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"I really like this film. I like the milieu that's created of this intellectual life in New York during the 1950s. I think Sukowa is fantastic in the role."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Von Trotta's style is pretty stolid. She aims for documentary thoroughness rather than exhilarating drama. Nonetheless, it's good to see a film that gets its narrative charge from the ferment of intellectual debate. It's a rare breed."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A film that ultimately says more about banality than evil."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"A crisply measured character study with plenty of intriguing ideas, elevated by a terrific, finely calibrated performance by Sukowa."
‑ Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz
"It's refreshing to find a film inspired by challenging ideas, and Von Trotta and her team are to be congratulated for bringing Arendt's story to the screen"
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"it is as a piece of drama about the human condition that this film needs to be assessed, and on that score - with a few quibbles about structure and flashbacks and occasional lack of clarity - it is successful, in its own rigorous way"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
More reviews for Hannah Arendt on Rotten Tomatoes