Downfall (Der Untergang)
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer.… More

Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: December 31, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Downfall is an illuminating, thoughtful and detailed account of Hitler's last days.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

For emotional effect it trades less in the spectacle of ebbing power than the tragedy of power's mysterious thrall.

Full review…
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent.

Full review…
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Hirschbiegel and Ganz are not apologizing for Nazism. They are trying to come to terms with the fact that the evils of Nazism were invented and carried out by human beings.

David Keyes unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused...

Full review…
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Viewed through a North American lens, the movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 21/2 hours, more tedious than anything else.

Full review…
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

In a remarkable performance, perhaps the most impressive portrait of Hitler ever captured on film, Bruno Ganz plays Hitler as delusional, hateful and cruel man -- but also human.

Nick Rogers

"Downfall" isn't about commuting history's sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning - a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt.

Full review…
More reviews for Downfall (Der Untergang)

Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A very interesting look at an oft-over-reviewed subject.
Jan Marc Macababayao
Downfall is a true portrayal of the last days of a "human" Adolf Hitler along with the death of a social-political ideology in striking detail. An… More
xGary Xx
Based on true life memoirs of people who were actually there, this starkly gripping depiction of the last days of the third reich can hardly be described as an… More
Chris Weber
This is not the first film to capture the final days of Hitler and the Third Reich, but it is the only one I have seen, and it is some kind of masterpiece. What… More
Kevin M. Williams
That this, the most accessible, most illuminating film about the end of the Third Reich and the last days of Adolph Hitler, comes from Germany ... well, its… More
Kevin K.
Grade: B (84%) What do we known about Adolf Hitler? He killed Jews for no reason, and tried to conquer Europe. But what happened to Hitler in the end? This… More