Invincible (2002)

Invincible tells the true story of Zishe Breibart, a Jewish blacksmith from eastern Poland who travels to Berlin in the 1930s to join a nightclub cabaret. He is billed as the world's strongest man - a claim that is not well received by… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 20, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sluggish and flawed, this is a minor work in Herzog's career.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Though few will argue that it ranks with the best of Herzog's works, Invincible shows he's back in form, with an astoundingly rich film.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A strange but oddly memorable film.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

By the time Papale does make it the big game, it's as if the air goes out of the movie and all Core can do is punt.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Feels less like a change in [Herzog's] personal policy than a half-hearted fluke.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Half-baked Herzog, though it has twinkles of theatrical purity that remind you of when his vision was grand.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Edifies Herzog's preoccupation with blurring the distinction between performance and naturalism, fiction and documentary.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Remarkably accessible and affecting.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has the power of a great silent film, unafraid of grand gestures and moral absolutes.

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Invincible approaches history as myth, striving not to document reality, but to penetrate its tragic essence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Based on actual events, Werner Herzog chronicles the rise and fall of Polish strongman Zishe Breitbart who entertained affluent Germans in pre-WWII Berlin.… More
Marcus Woolcott
This is typical Herzog: he makes a touching film about Jews in Germany and the rise of the Nazi party, without overloading the film with pity or melodrama. And… More
Michael S
"Invincible," which completely flew under everyone's radar WAY back in 2001, is a fascinating film... a colorfully painted tale of individual… More
Eduardo C
Anyone who thinks they have a handle on Werner Herzog, who hs ever labeled him as a cynic or a satirist should see this film and shut the fuck up. It takes… More
Luke Baldock
Always hard to know how to feel about a Herzog film. The man is certainly anything but normal and this often comes across in his films. This true story however… More
Ashton R.
Blah, this movie was atrocious; the acting was horrible, (even Roth's left something to be desired), the story was ridiculous (even if it was based on a… More

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