Berlin 36
Berlin 36 (2011)

Based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann who unwittingly became the biggest threat to the Nazi Party in 1936. Berlin was hosting the summer Olympic Games and Gretel was one of Germany's best gold medal contenders. She was also Jewish.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Whatever the facts of the case, "Berlin 36" doesn't clear the bar for dramatic impact.

Brent Simon

Not all true stories are created equal, as Berlin '36, which unfolds with such a singular lack of dramatic heft as to almost defy logic, amply demonstrates.

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Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

While this dramatization of a heartwrenching story is never less than fascinating intellectually and the actors are adroit, the screenplay by Lothar Kurzawa is choppy and at times slightly clichéd. It's as if someone has sat on the dramatic arc.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Tasteful to a fault, "Berlin 36" turns real-life controversy into disappointingly tepid drama.

Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Kaspar Heidelbach's Berlin 36 may hold the dubious distinction of being the most tasteful movie to deal with Nazi Germany yet.

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Nick Schager
Time Out

The lack of new insights on the subject of National Socialism's wickedness ultimately reduces a well-staged film to a historical footnote.

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Harvey S. Karten

Strong performances keep the film involving despite its pedestrian, workmanlike production.

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