Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt (2013)

The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by a powerful performance from Barbara Sukowa, Hannah Arendt does a commendable job of dramatizing the life of a complex public figure.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Barbara Sukowa delivers a beautifully modulated performance, showing the rigor of Arendt's thought and convictions while revealing the contours of a passionate woman with complex relationships.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

I found [Hannah Arendt] fascinating, though its lecture style may not appeal to some.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[Barbara Sukowa] invests Arendt with a steely fury, but the film, set during and after the 1961 trial of ex--Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, has an entertaining cocktail-banter superficiality.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In an era of sleepwalking surrender, "Hannah Arendt" is a welcome wake-up call, a ringing reminder that warring forces first assemble on the battlefield of conscience.

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David Sterritt

Although the movie etches a rather thin portrait of Arendt, it succeeds in humanizing her as a person, contextualizing her as a theorist, and evoking the courage she showed in airing convictions that often went against the scholarly tenor of her time.

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Ali Arikan

Von Trotta's direction is assured and the film has an incredibly strong performance at its core, and it asks a number of important questions, even though it doesn't dare to answer them.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Balanced portrayal, makes a persuasive case that Arendt was a valuable voice, whose dedicated work in trying to unravel the causes of Europe's moral collapse was worthy of study and consideration.

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J. Hoberman

Hannah Arendt is ultimately a pleasure, because Sukowa plays the most forbidding of intellectuals as a fabulous, passionate doll.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
While the dialogue is at times repetitive and even expository, the rather elliptic plot suffers from the fact that the protagonist remains a nearly inscrutable… More
Walter M.
The film is at least partially successful in showing how noted thinker Hannah Arendt(Barbara Sukowa) came to the intellectually impressive feat of formulating… More
Jim Hunter
A German-Jewish philosopher covers the Eichmann trial and garners fury for her reporting. It's quite rare to highlight philosophers and their work because… More
Alec Barniskis
If you can look past boring supporting performances and some awkward interactions, the film is an rather interesting examination of Arendt and her… More
Letitia Lew
This is one of the few movies I've watched where I read the book first. A sophisticated piece that manages to keep its intellectual subject matter fresh… More