The Child I Never Was
The Child I Never Was (2003)

A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jan Stuart

It's a surprisingly artful and discrete film.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This deeply creepy fictionalized effort is anything but an entertainment, nor can it be considered art.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...chock full of the sort of dance-around-the-actual-issue dialogue one expects from a pretentious European film.

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Ned Martel
New York Times

In the end Mr. Pieck and his intrepid lead actor piece together a constructive look at a lonely boy's damaged logic and its hideous results.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

By the film's end we feel neither sympathy nor, oddly, total disgust for this most loathsome of killers. We simply begin to understand, and perhaps that's achievement enough.

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S. James Wegg

Pieck and his able cast ... have come up with a captivating treatment which adeptly alternates between grainy black and white post-incident recollections of Jürgen Bartsch ...

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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice

While the serial-killer sob story subgenre rarely yields a nuanced product, Kai S. Pieck's debut feature finds a plaintive, compelling route to the pathology of 1960s German child-killer Jürgen Bartsch.

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E! Online

Peck gets points for being able to balance our horror and fascination with (and even sympathy for) this colossally screwed-up kid.

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