Bonhoeffer (2003)

A chronicle which charts the dramatic life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his Church to stand with the Jews in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

The documentary still works as an introduction to a thinker whose influence, as the passionate praise of Desmond Tutu attests, lasted far beyond his martyrdom.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Though we get little sense of Bonhoeffer the man, the film remains a fascinating account of the evolution of his revisionist thought, which led to a theological justification of collective and, if necessary, violent resistance to tyranny.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today

Today's church needs Bonhoeffer's example and teaching, and Doblmeier's project makes a worthy contribution to our understanding of this great man.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

There is more to the philosophy and faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer than a 90-minute documentary can begin to cover, but this is a powerful and timely introduction.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bonhoeffer is PBS-dry at times, but its portrait of a latter-day martyr is undeniably poignant and thought-provoking.

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Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews

Bonhoeffer doesn't probe as deeply as one might like into the details and implications of his theology, but is an invaluable study of a man of conscience.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A heroic odyssey that is illuminated with admirable clarity.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Whatever form the movie takes, it's right and fitting that such a life gets our attention.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

To its credit, the film examines Bonhoeffer's life and thought in an expressly theological light… [His ideas] are as integral to the portrait as his resistance work.

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Christian C
Disappointing. There was no real attempt to explain Bonhoeffer's theology and there was little drama to the martyrdom. It seemed more like a documentary… More
Jason Reneau
Intriguing documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a very learned and spiritual man, who fought and plotted against Hitler during World War II.