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  • Summary: The story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from Jewish religious student to a rising star in the Neo-Fascist political movement.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Stunningly smart, genuinely disturbing film.
  2. What it's about is also what it requires for proper appreciation -- the ability of the human mind to hold, and even cherish, diametrically opposite thoughts.
  3. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    90
    I thought I might have seen everything I needed to see about neo-Nazi skinheads in "Romper Stomper" and "American History X". Not only was I in for a surprise, but newcomer Ryan Gosling gives every bit as stunning a performance as did Russell Crowe and Ed Norton in those two films, and then some.
  4. Ryan Gosling's riveting as a neo-Nazi who was raised in Jewish faith
  5. It is a challenging film, if not always a narratively cohesive one.
  6. Admirably ambitious and utterly unsparing, but as credible as the arc of Danny's odyssey is in itself, the all-important need to evoke a profound sense of the enigmatic and paradoxical in relation to Danny's fate has eluded Bean.
  7. 20
    A bad movie -- really a terrible movie -- with a daring idea behind it. And it's had the sort of crummy luck that, no matter what you think of it, can get you steamed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    i have to admit, i'm quite interested in these kind of films (American history x, this is england, romper stomper...). not because im a neo-nazi or share any of their beliefs (just to make sure that you know) but because im interested in the thought process and reasoning of these people. The Believer does exactly that, Gosling plays the role perfectly. a self hating jew, who rises through the ranks of the local fascist/neo-nazi group. Gosling believes the nazi ideology but at the same time is conflicts by the fact that he is jewish, and he walks that fine line perfectly. the movie is great, and really stays with you. i would highly recommend it (especially if you're a Gosling fan) Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    A disturbingly provocative study of racism and nazism.This is a fascinating and powerful attempt at deconstructing the beliefs of these characters.Ryan Gosling is completely captivating and explosive in the lead role.It's one of the most unflinching and thought-provoking examinations of race issues in recent cinema. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2013
    7
    i loved the movie,because it keeps you going from the start till the end.The way of trying to be something opposite than you really are, to go against god, finding love and at the end paying wit his life for the choices that he made.Tells you how important are the everyday choices that we make and we are not aware of it. This movie is eyeopening and concentrate the awareness of the choices that we do, and their results. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    In an early career role for Ryan Gosling, he marks himself as most-promising leading man on the map. He is able to terrifyingly embody a neo-Nazi and haunt you to no end. Expand

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