100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The first great Hitler movie.
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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.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Downfall, whatever its shortcomings, bears strong witness to great evil. That is its triumph as a film.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As a piece of filmmaking, it's stunningly effective.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Powerfully disturbing.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Has the arc of a Shakespearean tragedy, and all the essential components therein: loyalty and betrayal, conspiracy and delusion, self-destruction.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A bizarre film.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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