Before the Fall

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. Surely played better on the page than on the screen. What's left is the same old drill driven by brutal master race fervor.
  2. The film is a competent but callow work dealing with a monstrous subject that automatically rejects callowness.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    50
    An intermittently gripping story about an idealistic young boxer who becomes disillusioned with the Third Reich during his elite training, Napola is finally KO'd by an overdose of Nazi fetishism.
  4. The movie is too middlebrow to show us the superman-type sexual heroics they must've engaged in, or even allow the illicit subtext to float to the surface (as Sokurov does in Father and Son)--instead we get tepid moralizing on dehumanization in the military.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JimG.
    Jun 25, 2006
    5
    Interesting if uneven drama about awakening to disillusionment.
  2. ConradS.
    Jun 14, 2006
    8
    Engaging with excellent performances. Max Riemelt is particularly good. If the whole film was just a bit more subtle, it would've been Engaging with excellent performances. Max Riemelt is particularly good. If the whole film was just a bit more subtle, it would've been truly outstanding. Full Review »
  3. PhilipJ.
    May 15, 2006
    9
    The story of these two boys making a stand against the hideous nazi germany is one of the most emotional and inspiring films i've ever The story of these two boys making a stand against the hideous nazi germany is one of the most emotional and inspiring films i've ever seen. experience it and believe it. Full Review »