User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. David
    Jan 23, 2006
    10
    An outstanding portrayal of two youths whose unspoken bond is steeped in grappling with new understanding of the word around them. Featuring lush cinematography and flawlessly acted, Before The Fall is a definite "must see"!
  2. 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 seen. experience it and believe it.
  3. 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 truly outstanding.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Feb 7, 2006
    9
    This an outstanding film that builds slowly to an emotional, but not sentimental, climax. It's a movie about Nazi Germany that employs the effective elements of Dead Poets Society minus the treacly Robin Williams stuff. It's also interesting as a boxing film. Highly recommended.
  5. JimG.
    Jun 25, 2006
    5
    Interesting if uneven drama about awakening to disillusionment.
  6. BenK.
    Jan 16, 2006
    6
    Efficient, well-made film but covers no new ground. Imagine Conroy's "the Lord's of Discipline" set during Nazi Germany and you have a sense of the film's scope.
  7. TomSchuster
    Apr 28, 2006
    10
    An overwhelming film for the viewer that is historically particular but also timeless in it's message. Societies that crush the most sensitive of their people are doomed to consume themselves by their barbarism.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 75
    Gansel based the film on the memories of one of his grandfathers. The acting is believable; the photography, atmospheric; and the moral, unmistakable.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    All the paraphernalia so important to the image of the Reich, particularly the uniforms, are painstakingly rendered, bringing a heightened sense of realism to what might otherwise have been a romantic coming-of-age tale.
  3. 80
    A potent and well-executed drama.