Taking Sides
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Set in Germany in 1946, Taking Sides tells the story of the investigation of Wilhelm Furtwängler (Stellan Skarsgård), the renowned conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, by the American occupying army. Major Steve Arnold (Harvey Keitel) has been told by his superiors that they want Furtwängler convicted of being a willing participant in the crimes of the Hitler regime, by virtue of his supposed support for and support from the Hitler government. They haven't got the time or resources to go after every ex-Nazi, so they want Furtwängler, as the biggest… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schematic, didactic, and most of all, in the case of Keitel, woefully miscast."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The talk in this moral debate smokes with provocative drama and actors of weight."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"A film of some considerable power, thanks primarily to the brilliant performance of Skarsgard."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"That rare drama that's both emotionally moving and intellectually thought-provoking."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This is a thought-provoking movie that will have you taking sides after the credits roll. It's set back in the 40's, but the story has relevance today."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"The notions of the good man's complicity through inertia ... are ones that have been more powerfully explored before."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Brilliantly acted and written, Taking Sides overcomes any shortcoming of its transition from stage to screen."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"In Taking Sides, Harvey Keitel has interpretted "powerful performance" as loud, aggressive, and singularly one-sided, despoiling an otherwise thought-provoking film."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"Exists in the over-written, claustrophobic confines of the Ronald Harwood stage play."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Ronald Harwood's morality tale plays out on film with its fireworks intact."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"We're asked to jump into the combatants' arguments with no background about either one, no reason to care if Skarsgard sweats or Keitel rages."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"...a moderately effective small-scale courtroom drama set in the immediate years after Germany's surrender and shortly after the trials at Nuremberg."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A captivating and worthy endeavor."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A provocative premise that never achieves its full dramatic and intellectual potential...noise is allowed to overwhelm argument and--more importantly--understanding."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"[G]iven that we once again have an occupying military force in an ex-dictatorship overseas...the question is up-to-the-minute relevant."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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