Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.
  3. A fluid and gripping drama from Germany (it has the design of a thriller and the mood of a spontaneous, whirling-camera character study).
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.
  6. 80
    An engaging entertainment that packages its thought-provoking ideas in a combination of political thriller, comic adventure and romantic triangle.
  7. A sweet, funny and gripping romantic adventure, it's about the limitations of political activism in this day and age, and what happens when your girlfriend and your best friend fall in love.
  8. Uncommonly smart and interesting.
  9. A deft, entertaining story that mixes menace with charm and satire with seriousness.
  10. What makes the film so affecting, however, is its matter-of-fact evocation of character. Each person in the four-character cast is vivid and specific and believable.
  11. 78
    Sticking it to the man, German-style.
  12. 75
    You can sympathize with both sides in their ideological battle, which ends in a most unexpected way.
  13. It's a rare film that gets smarter as it goes along, injecting a satisfying dash of pragmatism every time it seems ready to slip into either unearned idealism or cynical fatalism.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    There's an evenhanded humanism flowing through The Edukators that may strike doctrinaire viewers on either side of the divide as mushy, but it's tough enough for the rest of us to chew on for a long time.
  15. 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.
  16. It's an action movie that's also an intellectual-action flick.
  17. 70
    Though the story drags for the first hour, this becomes a solid character study once the principals arrive at their hiding place.
  18. 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.
  19. Unlike in, say, "Fight Club," director Hans Weingartner does not hedge his bets on the notion of whether simple-minded anarchy is any better than societal conformity -- his heart is with the Edukators, period.
  20. 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.
  21. 63
    Unless you're the sort who has a Che Guevara T-shirt tucked away somewhere in your closet, the needlessly long The Edukators wears out its welcome.
  22. Perhaps the harshest criticism of the new German film The Edukators is that it doesn't make you feel any better edukated.
  23. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    Ambling drama shows an exasperating lack of economy and a weakness for diatribe dialogue, but becomes progressively more involving after a laborious start.
  24. 50
    The Edukators smiles indulgently as the kids rage belatedly against the dying of the SDS light.
  25. 50
    The film's daring, honest ending helps redeem the uneven drama, but the road there may occasionally try the patience of even the most sympathetic armchair revolutionaries.
  26. 50
    Put simply, this second feature by the young Austrian director Hans Weingartner is a put-on -- a glib anti-capitalist rant in which the rhetoric rarely rises above the you-too-can-save-a-child-for-less-than-the-price-of-coffee level.
  27. It could have been something substantial.
  28. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    20
    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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    9
    Two friends break into rich peoples houses, re-arrange furniture, put stuff in the fridge, leave them messages saying they are being watched,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.
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  2. MariaV.
    Aug 4, 2006
    0
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. PhilS.
    Oct 13, 2005
    9
    Simply great.