The German Doctor
The German Doctor (2014)

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The German Doctor applies a refreshing level of restraint to its intriguing premise, and boasts solid performances from a talented cast.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Puenzo masterfully balances the film's thriller edge with disturbing details about Mengele's obsession with genetic experimentation, as well as the community of German expatriates in Argentina helping old Nazis elude arrest.

Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

Though it lacks the suspense of Marathon Man and The Boys From Brazil, it is still an unsettling made-up concept which could so easily be true.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Quietly unnerving.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Puenzo has a knack for plumbing the heads and hearts of teenage girls. The director coaxes a mesmerizing, unmannered performance out of Bado, who is making her feature-film debut.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A thriller with a historical basis, 'The German Doctor' is a somewhat fictionalized glimpse at a ghastly real-life villain.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

This curious, surprisingly safe melodrama fictionalises the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller.

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Stefan Pape

The picture is beautifully shot and the serenity of the Argentine mountain landscape works as an effective contradiction to the deranged, demented narrative at hand.

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