13 Minutes (Elser)
13 Minutes (Elser) (2017)

During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Führer's… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 30, 2017
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 13 Minutes explores an oft-neglected corner of World War II history with just enough craft and narrative momentum to offset a disappointing lack of subtlety.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although "13 Minutes" is a period piece, it addresses issues that continue to resonate in society.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

It puts one in the mind to make a meme: Hitler reacts to Oliver Hirschbiegel's prosaic flashback transitions.

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Jasper Rees
The Arts Desk

The bottom line about Elser's story -- and this perhaps explains why he remains an obscurity -- is that it petered out. After starting with a bang, so does 13 Minutes.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

[A] gripping, somber German-language drama based on actual events ...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Conspiracy theories surrounded the Elser plot for years, and his political motives have been debated; as scripted here, he acted alone and purely from moral conviction, which Friedel conveys in a passionate, charismatic performance.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

This concerns an attack on the Führer's life, on November 8, 1939... Told in beautifully layered flashback, this is not just the story of what happened that night but of the events that led up to it.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

Friedel conveys an awful lot simply with his eyes as Elser, projecting lusty soulfulness in happier times, sorrow over the Nazis' rise to power, and stunned disbelief at his plot's failure.

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Dan Gunderman
New York Daily News

"13 Minutes" is a superbly acted and strikingly evocative work, with careful attention to period detail and its many emotional beats.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

We need a stark reminder of what evil can come of this, and the risks that the average person takes - and should take - to fight against the attempt to raise this power again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The kind of run-of-the-mill biopic that seems like a telefim, with a conventional script that lays every detail out in the open (in case you have any cognitive… More