Taking Sides Synopsis
A story based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Proves acutely subtle. But its question of what we forgive art in the face of atrocity and immorality is one for the ages.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A rarity -- an intelligent and moving drama of ideas that becomes increasingly thrilling as the ideas unfold.
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75

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
This is courtroom drama at is best, especially when you listen to the sublime soundtrack.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Ronald Harwood's screenplay, based on his stage play, brings an impressive range of moral and political issues into play. The acting is...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is both interesting and unsatisfying. The Keitel performance is over the top, inviting us to side with Furtwangler simply because...
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Characters do little more than run around the same track incessantly, leaving us waiting for revelations that never arrive.
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A compelling look at a vexa tious question, Taking Sides is, at times, hamstrung by its own ambiguity.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Boy, can Harvey Keitel be bad -- and not bad like "Bad Lieutenant," bad like bad acting.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The sides to consider in Taking Sides are all but obscured by cinematic pomposity at best, Holocaust porn at worst.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie's promise -- to provide a balanced argument -- goes unrealized, and all we're left with is the spectacle of an idiot bullying a...
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