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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    The burgeoning relationship between both the athletes, bonding over a kindred "otherness," is handled tastefully by director Kaspar Heidelbach, though the lack of new insights on the subject of National Socialism's wickedness ultimately reduces a well-staged film to a historical footnote.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    The film, well made in every way, smartly focuses on an unlikely friendship between Gretel and the athlete who ultimately replaced her -- a high jumper who was later revealed to be a man!
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Whatever the facts of the case, Berlin 36 doesn't clear the bar for dramatic impact.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 15, 2011
    50
    Tasteful to a fault, Berlin 36 turns real-life controversy into disappointingly tepid drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    The picture sports a strong lead cast but is diminished by TV-style helming and production qualities.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 12, 2011
    25
    Excepting a momentary late-film lapse into eye-rolling double-exposure tomfoolery, the film is as aesthetically bland as a film could conceivably be, the perfunctory camerawork imbuing the proceedings with an ugly, indistinctive gloss.

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