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  • Summary: Three young German radicals enjoy breaking into the homes of the wealthy as an act of political rebellion. When they are forced to deal with a businessman who has caught them in the act, the trio makes a rash decision and their futures are quaked. Ideals are tested as generations collide, passions rage, and loyalties shatter. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. That rare beast, a terrific movie that boasts intelligent wit, expert storytelling, delightful characters and grown-up dialogue plus suspense and a wicked surprise ending.
  2. A slyly effective thriller and of a deft comedy of romantic confusion. Whatever its shortcomings as a consideration of globalization and its discontents, The Edukators succeeds brilliantly in telling the story of a man who falls in love with his best buddy's girlfriend and doesn't know what to do about it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.
  4. If you can look beyond the simple-minded Socratic political discourse, The Edukators reveals itself as warm, humane and sad, a movie that genuinely wants you to think about how idealism eventually collides with human frailty, and about what upstarts and sell-outs might teach one another.
  5. 70
    There is certainly a trill of suspense to be had from these ideological heists, but Weingartner’s movie is never quite as keen-edged as it hopes or needs to be.
  6. The dialogue between the captive and the captors gets a little didactic, and the ending is as contrived as it is cynical. Weingartner obviously has more in common with the rich man than the kids.
  7. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    The film begs for more action, thrills, and jokes, or more dramatic and painful revelations. What we get is an in-between mash of romantic ideals, a botched kidnapping, and some very good time wasted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. JosephM.
    Sep 3, 2005
    Great Movie!
  2. blarzh.
    Aug 24, 2005
    I thought this movie was great fun, and realistically sober. Everyone in the cast behaved reasonably and had understandable motives that made them believable and interesting. Also, I am surprised by how many upset reviewers didn't understand or have the patience to watch what happened at the end. It's not that hard to figure out, and it is very good. Expand
  3. PhilS.
    Oct 13, 2005
    Simply great.
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    Two friends break into rich peoples houses, re-arrange furniture, put stuff in the fridge, leave them messages saying they are being watched, etc, girlfriend of one of the men gets involved, gets emotional & complicated.
    Really good German film which is well written, well acted & a decent plot.
    Nice use of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah towards the end as well.
  5. MariaV.
    Aug 4, 2006
    I don't remember ever finding it so difficult to sit through a movie. The Edukators is not only silly, but also very boring. All of the characters are just general ideas, defined by one or two immutable qualities; it poses the manichean stereotype young-poor-good vs old-rich-bad. Just compare how political discourse was staged by Godard, for instance in Le Petit Soldat, taking it to its last consequences and breaking it down in poignant dialogue. Instead, this undereducated jerks seem to believe that reciting slogans makes them rebels. Gimme a break! what i find most alarming, though, is the praise it has received from critics. That is what makes this film not only bad, but harmful. Expand

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