Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Junge's testimony is a salutary reminder that Hitler was like other people in ways, and that the evil he manifested could visit us again if more civilized humans don't remain watchful.
  2. This bracing portrait of a woman who painfully accepts her responsibility as a citizen is a revelation.
  3. 90
    Consistently interesting without feeling essential until, in its last half-hour, it becomes utterly compelling.
  4. A riveting encounter with the woman who was Hitler's secretary...In a daring and successful stylistic choice, directors Heller and Schmiderer include almost nothing in the film but Junge.
  5. Isn't much of a movie, but it's a whale of a story.
  6. Makes for fascinating cinema.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    The filmmakers are smart to cut between their primary interview and later footage of Junge watching that interview and offering further commentary -- living footnotes, as it were.
  8. 88
    Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
  9. Her memories lack the quality of revelation -- that is, up until the remarkable final section, in which she describes the last weeks in the bunker with Hitler and Eva Braun.
  10. Although Junge had consulted with a few historians and moviemakers over the years, she had never really unburdened herself, and this 90-minute documentary is a devastating act of personal confession.
  11. 80
    Junge's testimony about the last days in Hitler's bunker will fascinate the layperson, but it adds little to what is already known by historians.
  12. If Junge's first-hand recollections aren't always visually stimulating, they're still more illuminating than most cinematic re-creations of the era.
  13. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    No-frills talking head docu eschews vintage photos and period footage, rendering visually static pic of greatest interest to history buffs, fests and the tube.
  14. So the monstrous twentieth century recedes into libraries; and so a small cog in the mechanism of that monstrosity bequeaths us her memory of it in a quiet, measured way.
  15. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    80
    Viewers hoping for new revelations will have to be content with learning that Hitler suffered from severe stomach problems. Yet there's much more here than a trickle of unsatisfying tidbits.
  16. Most important, Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary makes us wonder, in a very human sense, about the various blinders we all adopt to make our peace with life.
  17. 75
    Just one talking head, that's all. But the head in this mesmerizing documentary belongs to Traudl Junge.
  18. The movie, in the end, is devastating because of the banality it reveals, and because its terseness and plainness cut a mass killer down to size.
  19. 75
    Junge had come to terms with her past. And even if you don't come to terms with her life, it's worthwhile knowing about it.
  20. 75
    Not a very visually interesting documentary its simply one head talking to the audience, with no film clips, photographs or other diversions. But its awfully hard to turn away.
  21. Riveting and heartstoppingly fine documentary.
  22. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    While this extraordinary, 90-minute film -- culled from over 10 hours of footage -- offers few revelations about Hitler's private life, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of a follower who remained blindly obedient until the bitter end.
  23. 70
    That unexpected rage is the movie's most powerful emotional truth.
  24. 67
    It's a moderately compelling historical record, but of far more interest as an artifact than a film.
  25. At one point, Junge complains that her memories are banal, and they are -- But when sounds of war penetrate the bunker and the end is near, the details become high drama.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Amazingly, the film grows monotonous because Heller and Schmiderer can do nothing, via archival footage or even novel camera placements, to vary the program.
  27. 60
    The access the filmmakers gained to Junge is remarkable, and it compensates for a lack of cinematic flair; it's concrete, cold and hard, with Junge speaking about being a few feet away from arguably the worst tyrant of the 20th century.
  28. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    This seesaw of shame and self-justification might not speak for the most murderous segment of the German populace, but it's a peculiarly eloquent representation of the silent, obedient majority.

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