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91
The subtle menace of the would-be geneticist of the Master Race mingles with ordinary pre-teen foreboding to create a riveting cocktail of unease.
83
The family he preys on is a tad too unsuspecting to be believable, but the film still hits notes of deep tension. And the cast is superb, especially Àlex Brendemühl as the “Angel of Death” himself.
80
The German Doctor is never showy or melodramatic - just a kind of true-life horror story about the helpful, soft-spoken monster in our midst.
75
Writer-director Lucia Puenzo, adapting her own historical novel, concocts a disquieting and chilling thriller out of what might be a lost chapter in the infamous career of Nazi Doctor Joseph Mengele.
75
A smart and unsettling atmospheric thriller.
75
Early on, Alex Brendemuhl gives a quietly unnerving performance as Mengele, a polite and meticulously dressed gentleman living in 1960 Patagonia.
75
Writer-director Lucia Puenzo, adapting her own historical novel, concocts a disquieting and chilling thriller out of what might be a lost chapter in the infamous career of Nazi Doctor Joseph Mengele.
70
The New York Times
The Argentine writer and director Lucía Puenzo, shooting in wide screen, takes an effective, largely low-key approach to her fictionalization of Mengele's time in South America.
63
In Lucía Puenzo's film, things always feel off balance even as the plot points click all too neatly into place.
63
Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone.
63
In Lucía Puenzo's film, things always feel off balance even as the plot points click all too neatly into place.
60
The story-telling is a little too pat to deliver the surprise moments that reveal character or sweep audiences up emotionally. The film remains a creepy story with a lot of morbid fascination, set off by the captivating young Florencia Bado in her first screen role.
58
Nestled within the movie's overtly schematic design are strong performances-namely, newcomer Bado-and a few details about German-Argentinean life which are, frankly, more interesting than the question of Helmut's past.
50
There's just not much of real import in this quasi-historical semi-thriller.
50
The setting abounds in beauty, and the storytelling abounds in obvious cues that mute the intended suspense, if not the horror.
50
Writer/director Lucía Puenzo (XXY) has a nice feel for her characters and, especially, the viewpoint of adolescent Lilith. But by giving away the story's big reveal at the very beginning, it infuses the film with a potent sense of dread rather than suspense.
40
As horror scenarios go, Puenzo's setup takes the most heavy-handed approach possible.
40
Puenzo dramatizes her material with an overcooked sense of import that generates scant suspense.

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