Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intricately researched and impressively authentic slice of modern German History, with a terrific cast, assured direction, and a cracking script.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It doggedly refuses easy ways out, and it has the guts, brains and critical eye to plumb the roots of terror and its bloody consequences.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It'd be nice to see an American filmmaker commit a similar reckoning with the Watts riots, the Weather Underground, or the Black Power movement, not simply resort to cant and kitsch but to really interpret those moments.

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

In the end, however expansive, action-packed and powerfully shot The Baader-Meinhof Complex undoubtedly is, it remains a disturbing hybrid that leaves the viewer jaded, bizarrely perplex and ultimately unsatisfied.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The Baader-Meinhof Complex is not an easy film to watch; its violence is ugly and brutish. And there's a lot of it.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There are some literally killer performances here, most notably Johanna Wokalek as Gudrun.

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Don Groves

A stirring, bloodcurdling terrorist drama.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Part thriller, part social history, this tense 2008 drama traces the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

There's a fine line to walk when making a film about outlaws: A few wrong moves and, presto, glamorization occurs. To its credit, The Baader Meinhof Complex almost entirely avoids this pitfall.

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Louis Proyect

This flick was written by Stefan Aust, long-time editor of Der Spiegel, Germany's version of Time Magazine. Hence the lurid, superficial and reactionary tilt. The Baader-Meinhof gang was disgusting, but nearly as disgusting as the people they fought.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The leaders of a terrorist group working within Germany in the 1970s are hunted down and imprisoned while their comrades perpetrate increasingly desperate plans… More
Stefanie C
WOW!!! A very powerful, intense, eerie, shocking film. There is no positive outcome with terrorism. Idealism, objectives, and goals are muddled by the means.… More
Jens S.
The true story of terror attacks in Germany of the 1960s and 70s, performed by left extremists of the Red Army Fraction. While the movie is already two and a… More
Tony Gandía
Meticulous German film that chronicles the rise and early years of the German militant group the Red Army Faction. "The Baader Meinhof Complex" is a… More
El Hombre Invisible
The ideals and the commitments made by those involved in the actual story are truly intriguing, However, I'm not well versed enough on Germany's… More
Michael S
Electrifying! One of the best films of 2009 (I know it was nominated for awards in 2008, but the film was properly released in NA in 2009... thus, it's on… More