Downfall

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Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. A riveting re-creation of three world-changing collapses: those of the Nazi party, of militarized Germany as a whole, and of the Führer who guided them into self-destructive ruin.
  2. Reviewed by: James Wegg
    100
    As Hitler, Bruno Ganz ignites the screen with every appearance.
  3. 100
    Hirschbiegel and Eichinger, along with their large, brave and talented cast, have done something extraordinary for their generation of Germans, and for the world. They have willfully entered their grandparents' dirtiest, clammiest chamber of secrets.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Powerfully disturbing.
  5. Under the harsh lights of the meticulously re-created, claustrophobic bunker, that scrutiny is relentless.
  6. If I respect Downfall more than I was enthralled by it, that's because its portayal stops short of revelation. Once you witness Hitler's denial, the film has little more to say about him.
  7. 50
    Downfall may be grimly self-important and inescapably trivializing. But we should be grateful that German cinema is more inclined to normalize the nation's history than rewrite it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 79
  2. Negative: 7 out of 79
  1. AllisonS.
    Dec 26, 2008
    10
    Absolutely fantastic portrayal of WWII from German side, being in hiters inner circle and the final days of his reign. Wonderful.
  2. Crockiye
    Aug 26, 2005
    10
    Zach RH gave this movie a 2,but I believe he didn't think well. In his conception,all movies about the Nazis have to criticize them Zach RH gave this movie a 2,but I believe he didn't think well. In his conception,all movies about the Nazis have to criticize them frontally.If you watch the movie carefully,you'll see that it isn't meant to make the Nazis not guilty.The one who watches the movie can make some conclusions,that,at the end,incriminate the Nazis. Regarding the fact that the soldiers were forced,it is partially true.The jews are not mentioned many times because the principal fear of Hitler was now the war.It was the first time when he started to believe that he will lose power,and he could no longer think of the jews.Plus,do you see any jew in the movie?That also proves that they were all in camps or dead. Expand
  3. SamV.
    Nov 26, 2005
    10
    Excellent! Bruno Ganz as Hitler was perfect. Finally we have a movie showing what happened without worrying about cliches and everything that Excellent! Bruno Ganz as Hitler was perfect. Finally we have a movie showing what happened without worrying about cliches and everything that follows the movies about the World War II. Expand
  4. DanH.
    Aug 7, 2008
    10
    This film is a vital, contempary step towards denazisification. It depicted a delusional society being handed it's reality by force. This film is a vital, contempary step towards denazisification. It depicted a delusional society being handed it's reality by force. However, it provides contemporary Germans with a way out. Now that the majority of eye witnesses to the third reich are dead, many german people can say, " It wasn't my grandfather, He tried to save the children. " Even Eva Braun's distant relatives can speak up. She wanted desperately to dance to swing music, in a sense of defiance. The riff would have clearly been banded in Nazis Germany (for being negroid.) It's possible this scene was included to poke a hypocritical finger at the allies, for having segregated races in combat. In an interesting way the movie concluded with Hitler as a man who made the most sane choice under the circumstances, poison yourself prior to shooting yourself, before the Russians pull your limbs off your body . In that sense he was facing reality which is a form of mental health, while those around him loomed in a circus atmosphere, which would define the rest of the society as crazy. Expand
  5. PatC.
    May 2, 2006
    9
    Engrossing if drawn out exposition of the final days of the people at the heart of the 3rd Reich. Doesn't explain much, but doesn't Engrossing if drawn out exposition of the final days of the people at the heart of the 3rd Reich. Doesn't explain much, but doesn't obscure either. Rather than develop the characters, the film successfully presents a tour de force of people clueless while the hell they have facilitated on others turns on them and savages their cherished beliefs. These people had assumed the lives of others as expendable, so their own lives do not merit our empathy, specifically in the days of this story when their world is collapsing and no one has a safe place to indulge in self importance. Yet a sense of empathy is provoked nonetheless, not because we care about these people but because of the tragedy and waste of their misdirected mindsets that could easily have been our own. The film ends with a sense of emptiness reminiscent of a bad film, but within this particular emptiness simmers valuable understanding that alludes to how the German people rose from their ashes. The acting is generally straightforward as it should be, with the exception of Mrs. Goebbels last hour with her husband and children - probably some of the finest acting ever committed to film. Expand
  6. Mar 2, 2013
    9
    I have never seen such an amazing movie. I felt so touched by it and kind of felt bad for the Nazis in the end. I know it's a crazy thing toI have never seen such an amazing movie. I felt so touched by it and kind of felt bad for the Nazis in the end. I know it's a crazy thing to say but that's how powerful this movie is. I am an English speaker and have never bothered to watch a foreign film because I thought I wouldn't have the patients. But boy was I wrong. If you still haven't seen this movie then I recommend that you go see it NOW. It is on Netflix if you have Netflix and if you don't try and see if you can get it from amazon or something. It is a must own, especially if you're into WWII. Expand
  7. RobR
    May 14, 2006
    1
    An extremely tame and sanitised portrayal of Hitler's madness. Boring, absurd dialog, no passion, no intensity, not a hint of grit. Oh An extremely tame and sanitised portrayal of Hitler's madness. Boring, absurd dialog, no passion, no intensity, not a hint of grit. Oh wait, it has subtitles so it must be masterpiece! Expand

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