The German Doctor
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Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Puenzo masterfully balances the film's thriller edge with disturbing details about Mengele's obsession with genetic experimentation, as well as the community of German expatriates in Argentina helping old Nazis elude arrest."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A thriller with a historical basis, 'The German Doctor' is a somewhat fictionalized glimpse at a ghastly real-life villain."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"It is the dichotomy of the beauty of the setting with Mengele's monstrous deeds that make "The German Doctor" so unnerving."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"As he makes drawings of his "perfect specimen," chill pervades and the heart stills. It's an intriguing balancing act."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Quietly unnerving."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Puenzo has a knack for plumbing the heads and hearts of teenage girls. The director coaxes a mesmerizing, unmannered performance out of Bado, who is making her feature-film debut."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The picture is beautifully shot and the serenity of the Argentine mountain landscape works as an effective contradiction to the deranged, demented narrative at hand."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"What the movie lacks in chills and thrills is made up for by the methodical unraveling of the truth."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Wakolda lies somewhere between a suspense thriller and a delicately atmospheric art film, but is properly effective as neither ..."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"This curious, surprisingly safe melodrama fictionalises the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"Lucia Puenzo's queasy thriller builds up into a quietly effective monster movie."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"[Àlex Brendemühl's] Mengele is a departure from the mustache-twirling villains of Marathon Man and The Boys from Brazil."
‑ Shawn Hazelett, Under the Radar
"Puenzo's restraint, though commendable, rather mutes the dramatic impact."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
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