Invincible
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Werner Herzog returned to dramatic filmmaking for the first time in a decade with this historical drama, based on a true story, about a man who rose to fame and fortune in 1932 as the Nazis rose to power in Germany, only to renounce his career in order to stand beside his people as a symbol of strength and resistance. Zishe (Jouko Ahola) is a Polish Jew, and a blacksmith's son, who lives in a small town in Finland. A giant of a man with remarkable physical strength, Zishe is discovered by Landwehr (Gustav Peter Wohler), a theatrical agent who believes a successful nightclub act can be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though few will argue that it ranks with the best of Herzog's works, Invincible shows he's back in form, with an astoundingly rich film."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A strange but oddly memorable film."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"By the time Papale does make it the big game, it's as if the air goes out of the movie and all Core can do is punt."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"A unique visual work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Blessed with immense physical prowess he may well be, but Ahola is simply not an actor. And in truth, cruel as it may sound, he makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look like Spencer Tracy."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Feels less like a change in [Herzog's] personal policy than a half-hearted fluke."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Half-baked Herzog, though it has twinkles of theatrical purity that remind you of when his vision was grand."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Edifies Herzog's preoccupation with blurring the distinction between performance and naturalism, fiction and documentary."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"...the naivete of his performance has a humbling effect on a film that, while entirely too long and short on sizzling imagery, is meant to be taken simply as folkloric."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Even if Invincible is not quite the career peak that The Pianist is for Roman Polanski, it demonstrates that Werner Herzog can still leave us with a sense of wonder at the diverse, marvelously twisted shapes history has taken."
‑ Josef Braun, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Remarkably accessible and affecting."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The movie has the power of a great silent film, unafraid of grand gestures and moral absolutes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Invincible approaches history as myth, striving not to document reality, but to penetrate its tragic essence."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Herzog, a man of detail became enraptured with his subject and was unable to use his editing shears."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Not the best Herzog perhaps, but unmistakably Herzog."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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