(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Against the overarching facts of his personal magnetism and the blind loyalty of his lieutenants, the movie observes the workings of the world within the bunker. All power flowed from Hitler. He was evil, mad, ill, but long after Hitler's war was lost he continued to wage it in fantasy.
100
The first great Hitler movie.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
One of the best war movies ever made, Downfall is a powerful and artistically masterful re-creation of the last days of the Third Reich.
100
Chicago Tribune
Downfall, whatever its shortcomings, bears strong witness to great evil. That is its triumph as a film.
100
A riveting re-creation of three world-changing collapses: those of the Nazi party, of militarized Germany as a whole, and of the Führer who guided them into self-destructive ruin.
90
Wall Street Journal
As a piece of filmmaking, it's stunningly effective.
88
Powerfully disturbing.
88
New York Post
It's the well-wrought details that explain, perhaps better than any earlier film, how an entire country bought into Hitler's genocidal madness.
75
Entertainment Weekly
If I respect Downfall more than I was enthralled by it, that's because its portayal stops short of revelation. Once you witness Hitler's denial, the film has little more to say about him.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Has the arc of a Shakespearean tragedy, and all the essential components therein: loyalty and betrayal, conspiracy and delusion, self-destruction.
63
New York Daily News
The very thought of humanizing Hitler makes me queasy. If he had a good side, I don't want to know about it.

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