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  • Summary: Based on the true story of the biggest underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin, The Tunnel is a cracking slice of old-fashioned, widescreen entertainment. (Roxie Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment — a classic suspense thriller — that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.
  2. Anyhow, either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
  3. 80
    Director Roland Suso Richter gives a raw, frank but sophisticated account of the excruciating logistics of this great escape, and the appalling, inspiring blend of betrayal and courage that attended the group's herculean efforts.
  4. So many twists and turns, it seems like fiction.
  5. 70
    The Tunnel boasts the kind of plot that would seem ridiculously implausible if it weren't based on a true story.
  6. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    70
    The film convincingly portrays the devastating, life-altering hardships and restrictions that the residents of the divided Berlin endured.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    50
    Director Roland Suso Richter skillfully wields the wall as a metaphor for isolation, but his pacing needs work: He cuts from an emotional death to a rowdy scene of sex on a kitchen table. Well, that's one way to mourn.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. JohnH.
    Jun 22, 2006
    2
    Really disappointing. I expected a serious, thoughtful European film treatment a la Costa-Gavras and got a schlock Hollywood Action Thriller Really disappointing. I expected a serious, thoughtful European film treatment a la Costa-Gavras and got a schlock Hollywood Action Thriller a la Bruce Willis (starring a B.W. look-alike no less.) After a modestly interesting beginning things get progressively sillier until we enter James Bond territory and you're wondering how the film got there and whether its worth your while to continue watching it. Very slick, very commercial and very vapid stuff !! Expand

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