The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag)
The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) (2005)

Acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff directed this story of a war of words between a Nazi soldier and a man of the cloth. In 1942, Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a Catholic priest who, like three thousand other Catholic clergymen, has… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fueled by tension-filled performances and dialogue, this Holocaust film brings up morally ambiguous, thought-provoking issues.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's no wonder Schlöndorff favors close-ups; with Mattes on screen, The Ninth Day gets right to its emotional core.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An accomplished, confident work.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

I'm not sure this film needed to be made, and in the end, it becomes plodding and predictable

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

It just feels like too much over too little.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Impressively tackles the enduring dilemma inherent in dramatically depicting the enormous horror of the Nazi death camps, and meeting that challenge, oddly enough, in tacit admission of the very impossibility of that task.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Schlondorff draws a telling picture of the ravished moral landscape that kept the wheels of the Holocaust turning.

Erica Abeel
Film Journal International

This powerful film celebrates individual acts of conscience in barbarous times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A fabulous build up to a day when a priest must decide whether or not to be a collaborator for the Nazi regime or to go to death by opposing it. The tension… More