John Rabe
John Rabe (2010)

China was in flames when a German businessman became a reluctant hero. When the Imperial Japanese Army invaded China in 1937, attacking the civilian population of the capital Nanking with unprecedented inhumanity, John Rabe, manager of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it strays into predictable melodrama, John Rabe is worth watching for the light it shines on a neglected corner of Chinese history.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It is a tale of a true hero, even if in its minor details it's less than entirely true. For a movie with ambitions as big as "John Rabe," that doesn't just make it good. That makes it epic.

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David Denby
New Yorker

One of the main virtues of John Rabe is to demonstrate that, however much we know about the worst of all wars, it still has little-known corners that can amaze us.

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Emanuel Levy

It's worth seeing this feature about the heroic figure of John Rabe, even though the movie leaves much to be desired dramatically.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Thanks to Tukur, what we get here is still something: a stunning portrait of a good man caught in a widening inferno.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Despite its gruesome scenes of hundreds of Chinese prisoners of war being lined up and executed and its ostentatious shots of severed heads, the movie is less than indelible.

Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A serious, large-budget treatment of Rabe's exploits and a moving, terrific film about trying to maintain one's decency amidst horrors.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Drawn from Rabe's diaries, the film is rich in telling and ironic details.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

There are many powerful moments, including a mass beheading, before the film turns into a sappy, Frank Capra-esque affair.

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Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

John Rabe preserves history while painting a portrait of a most complicated hero.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I like the World War II films that cover the stuff everyone knows, but I'm stating to get even more appreciative of the ones that bring the lesser known… More
Walter M.
On December 1, 1937, John Rabe(Ulrich Tukur), the manager of the Siemens plant in Nanking, is only a couple of days away from returning to his native Berlin for… More
Jens S.
This German film tells the story of the Japanese sacking of Nanking, China in 1937 and the part German engineer Rabe played in saving great numbers of the… More
Jesse Ortega
This was quite a good movie, though I don't feel comfortable giving it 3 and a half stars. Overall it is a good story about an extraordinary man, really… More
Cynthia S.
Based on a true story, "John Rabe" is an epic World War II saga, telling of horror and mass murder on the other side of the globe. It is December 1937… More