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69

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 28, 2013
    100
    Hannah Arendt conveys the glamour, charisma and difficulty of a certain kind of German thought.... The movie turns ideas into the best kind of entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    May 28, 2013
    80
    The writer-philosopher Hannah Arendt is brought to life by a mesmerizing Barbara Sukowa in Margarethe von Trotta's film.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 29, 2013
    67
    Opting to leave somewhat open the question of whether its subject was a traitor to her Jewish people or a conscientious scholar determined to conduct rational analysis free of public and peer pressure, it remains a mildly intriguing drama of the often unavoidable and contentious intersection of intellectual analysis and personal prejudices.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 27, 2013
    63
    The film's most striking quality, and it's not insignificant, is director Margarethe von Trotta's refusal to fossilize the controversies she dramatizes.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 10, 2013
    50
    Von Trotta’s Arendt biopic feels like a movie stuck in another era, stolid and rote, more of an outline for a dramatic treatment than the real thing.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Sep 21, 2013
    10
    I find it weird that there are no user reviews for this film, which is one of the very best of the year. Incomparably better than Museum Hours, an okay film which gets an 86 Metascore while Arendt gets a mere 67. All aspects of Arendt are superb: script, direction, cinematography, acting, you name it. And, of course, the subject is one of the most fascinating women of all time. What's not to like? Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    I find it weird that there are no user reviews for this film, which is one of the very best of the year. Incomparably better than Museum Hours, an okay film which gets an 86 Metascore while Arendt gets a mere 67. All aspects of Arendt are superb: script, direction, cinematography, acting, you name it. And, of course, the subject is one of the most fascinating women of all time. What's not to like? Expand
  3. Lyn
    Feb 5, 2014
    9
    I've only read one book by Hannah Arendt -- very cerebral, needless to say. It's fascinating to see a side of her that also touches on her warmth and her marriage and her friendships. Fascinating, also, in this time of the 24-hour news cycle, to think about her take on "the banality of evil" as personified by Eichmann, and the complexity of trying to explain that to people who demanded a one-dimensional portrait of a monster. Barbara Sukowa -- here middle-aged, dowdy and in the ugliest of '60s wardrobes -- gives a performance of great subtlety and humanity. A thought-provoking film. Collapse