Knallhart (Tough Enough)
Knallhart (Tough Enough) (2006)

As written and directed by Detlev Buck, the inner-city character drama Tough Enough opens on 15-year-old Michael Polischka (David Kross), who lives with his single, white trash mom, Miriam (Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen and her wealthy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 12, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A tragic cycle, persuasively rendered in a movie that's neatly achieved, if small in scale.

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Simon Jordan

A matter-of-fact socio-realist style and some strong central performances making this a shocking German drama.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

Director Detlev Buck may be well versed in comedies but he manages to pull off a neat little drama thanks to some credible performances.

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Steve Rose

Well acted, scored and paced, and striking a careful balance between social realism and hip street thriller.

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David Jenkins
Total Film

Done no favours by its camera-phone aesthetic, Tough Enough doesn't have much of a sell-by date.

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Matthew Turner

Engaging, impressively directed and ultimately disturbing teen drama with a strong central performance from David Kross.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

A grainy piece of Berlin realism by Detlev Buck which follows a 15-year-old boy caught between a rock and a hard place.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Cinema

The inevitably brutal denouement provides a satisfactory close to a smartly observed and exhilarating movie.

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Jonathan Trout

Detached, muted colours, a swirling soundtrack and a well-tuned script lend polish to the grimy urban location.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This German drama about a boy moving to a pretty bad part of Berlin with his mum is trying hard to give a realistic look at the current situation of poor parts… More