Der Unhold (The Ogre)
Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999)

Abel is in France during WW II and is falsely accused and convicted of rape. During the war he is freed by German invaders who give him a job riding out to kidnap boys suitable for being trained in the SS. Eventually Abel gets a chance to… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 8, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

Schlondorff has said he built the film around Malkovich, and the actor lives up to the responsibility.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Episodic and vaguely surreal, it is the antithesis of a Hollywood film that tells us what to feel. Having unfolded an ever-widening series of moral questions, it deliberately leaves them hanging.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.

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Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine

From its awkward childhood prologue, which features painfully bad acting, to its title character, a simple-minded, large-of-stature man played by the most intellectual-seeming and average-sized of actors (John Malkovich), The Ogre is ill conceived.

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Arash Xak
Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more