Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
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Filmmaker Marc Rothemund utilizes long-buried historical records to reconstruct the last six days in the life of renowned German anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) in an Academy Award-nominated feature that earned star Julia Jentsch a Best Actress award at both the 2005 Lolas and the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. The year is 1943 and Adolf Hitler's devastating march across Europe has resulted in the formation of the White Rose, an underground resistance movement born in Munich and dedicated to the fall of the Third Reich. Despite being one of the only female… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The realization that we are, in many instances, listening in on actual proceedings gives the film an immediacy that no dramatist could hope to match."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Through it all, Jentsch is a beacon of bravery and resolve in the darkness of a totalitarian machine. If any actor in an English-language film has given a better performance in the past year, I'd like to see it."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A very tense study of the last days of Nazism, and a worthy homage to a true heroine..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Although Sophie Scholl is noteworthy for its performances, it will undoubtedly fail to capture the popular imagination here."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The film holds few surprises, though it builds a remarkable level of suspense during the fait-accompli interrogation scenes, and is a well-intended commemoration of a courageous young woman."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"A disturbing film about courage, idealism, youth and the grim mechanics of mankind gone mad."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A claustrophobic bio-pic which telescopes tightly on the torture of the fearless activist till her demise after less than a week in the hands of Hitler's sadistic interrogators."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Compelling in its depiction of quiet heroism, this testament to the power of passive resistance is made all the more authentic and poignant by the superbly controlled performance of Julia Jentsch."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The subject matter apart, the film is a meticulously crafted drama, observing and recording the events, setting mood and creating a sense of time and place that further deepen our involvement."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"There's a resonance to Sophie Scholl that crosses borders and approaches the timeless."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Frank and frightening."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The film has an immeasurable fascination that makes us look on as voyeurs and wonder how we might have reacted during such desperate times."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jentsch keep[s] up a subtle, restrained performance while the movie Nazis around her are screaming themselves red in the face. She succeeds beyond all expectation."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"While Scholl's virtuous life makes her eminently worthy of her own biopic, it doesn't necessarily make her the most interesting subject for a movie."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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