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  • Summary: This documentary lets the Nazi propaganda mastermind behind Hitler talk directly to you as actor Kenneth Branagh reads pages of the diary he kept without interruption from 1924 to 1945. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. A fascinating, veritable self-portrait, masterfully culled from a trove of archival materials.
  2. 80
    Brilliantly edited for drama and irony, The Goebbels Experiment juxtaposes little-seen German propaganda films with excerpts from Goebbels' diary.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    80
    A rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind.
  4. 75
    Weirdly enthralling film.
  5. 70
    Would be funny if it weren't so horrifying.
  6. Ultimately, the project suffers from a nearly complete lack of contextualization. We could surely use some background on Goebbels' complicity in mass genocide while listening to him brag about his beautiful, healthy children and happy family life.
  7. 50
    The master propagandist comes across here as a brooding, insecure megalomaniac--or at times, a bitchy member of a particularly malevolent high school clique, an effect enhanced by some of narrator Kenneth Branagh's English line readings.

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  1. TedW.
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    Fascinating.

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