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  • Summary: The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
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  1. 91
    Throughout, Sophie exhibits the quality common to all of history's great martyrs, a preternatural calmness that perseveres despite (or perhaps because of) the inevitability of her doom.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film is a shattering experience fueled by Jentsch's electrifying performance.
  3. Rock solid performances by up-and-coming German actress Julia Jentsch as Sophie and Alexander Held ("Downfall") as Mohr along with an excellent cast of supporting players insure that no one mistakes this for a lifeless docu-drama.
  4. Sophie Scholl has a certain quiet dignity that wins its audience popularity honestly.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Everything about Sophie Scholl screams "martyr" and "saint." Jentsch will have none of it. Hers is a performance of supreme emotional control, yet clear emotional fire. The actress makes the icon human.
  6. The film holds us rapt not through narrative suspense but through the eerie and demanding spectacle of profound moral courage, of a powerless good person in collision with absolute evil.
  7. 50
    For most U.S. audiences, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, an Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, is going to feel more like a history lesson than a movie.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
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  1. PhilipP.
    Jan 10, 2007
    A human drama without any added film dramatizations and all the more chilling because of it. This could happen today in any country unless the people are aware. Expand
  2. LyleM.
    Jun 11, 2006
    Excellent movie. Wonderful "conflict" scenes. So far, my "best movie" of the year.
  3. ButteredPopcorn
    Dec 3, 2006
    Engrossing and captivating. Uplifting and resolute throughout, this movie is about the triumph of principles and ideals over politics and circumstance. The scenes involving the interrogation of Sophie are so masterfully crafted that you come to realize that in fact, the balance of power has tipped to Sophie's advantage through the shear strength of her resoluteness and integrity. And not enough can be said for the exquisite attention to nuance and detail, giving the movie a taut sense of precison and purpose. A rare treat, wonderfully told, marvellously understated, and just brimming with meaning. Like one of the previous reviewers - this is my favorite movie of the year as well. Expand
  4. KenG.
    Apr 3, 2006
    Poignant, inspiring story that sends the important message that going to war for your country, or supporting your country isn't the only way to be a patriot. Sometimes a patriot is the person who stands up to their country and saids "NO!", when their country is doing wrong. And no, the United States today is no where close to what Nazi Germany was. But if we wait to we are close, or have gone too far down that road before we say no, then it will be too late. The idea is to speak out when we are just starting down that road. Expand
  5. LK.
    Jun 22, 2007
    A great gift for the kid going to college. Question everything. Know what you believe---and WHY. Then, you, like Sophie Scholl, will know when you must stand up against injustice. Expand
  6. VK.
    Jun 7, 2007
    This woman (only 21-22) is one of the most admired persons in Germany. The best part is when she verbally faces off against an experienced Gestapo interrogator! Expand
  7. MarcK.
    Nov 24, 2006
    Very talky, with not much else going on. I'm sure it's very faithful to what actually occurred, but I wasn't entertained.

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