Comedian Harmonists (The Harmonists)
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Comedian Harmonists (The Harmonists)
This fact-based German musical drama chronicles the lives of a popular barbershop sextet in Nazi Germany during the '30s. As their fame increases, authorities objected to the Jews in the group. Traveling to New York they eventually must decide whether to remain in the U.S. or return to Germany.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"The movie is history as kitsch, not quite on the Life is Beautiful level of manipulation, but clumsy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The story of the Comedian Harmonists, who brought to the waning days of Weimar a bubbly frivolity, is a rich one. Rich enough to keep you watching and wanting to know more."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"... a grandly realized and skillfully executed melodrama that seems all too familiar."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
"A wonderful film which should not be missed."
‑ Michelle Santilli, Boxoffice Magazine
"Mildly engrossing but, ultimately, the sort of film that demands more attention than it should, The Harmonists resonates with barely a dull thud."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The film is filled with stylish renditions of lively, funny and sentimental songs."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"Performances aside, the movie is dull and perfunctory."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Entertaining, poignant, and filled with catchy music."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This German film, based on the true story of this legendary vocal ensemble, shows how politics colors everything: no creative soul can ever be apolitical."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The charismatic quality of the group, the performing magic that made them the big stars they were, is not convincingly demonstrated and that is a major weakness in the film."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"A true story from the Nazi era, it deftly fuses politics and show business."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Given the suffering created by the Nazis, the fate of the Harmonists ranks low on the scale. But as one of the countless little stories that add up to the plague of Nazism, they deserve an entry in the chronicle of despair."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A very entertaining true story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A very satisfying film that should delight intended audiences."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"There was something emotionally flat and unconvincing about this story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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