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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. JimG.
    Jun 25, 2006
    5
    Interesting if uneven drama about awakening to disillusionment.
  2. 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.
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.