The Baader Meinhof Complex Synopsis
Traces the history of the Red Army Faction (RAF).
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The Hollywood Reporter

A long but powerful true-life drama of 1970s German terrorists features masterful storytelling and bravura performances.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Has been criticized as endorsing or condoning violence, but that assessment is unfair and inaccurate. If terrorism is to be eliminated, it...
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By Kim Newman
Fascinating history, very good movie -- but demanding, and its lack of easy answers will frustrate some. Lessons about 21st century...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
For a thoroughly fascinating, true glimpse into the horrors that vanity and self-delusion can wreak, take some time to see The Baader...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If Edel's Oscar-nominated film drags in its final 40 minutes, it's a function of the director's fidelity to the facts - and the fact that...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Swift, brutal, lurid, often overheated, and occasionally comical, but it’s also a serious, well acted, and unromantic exploration of the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film would have benefitted by being less encompassing and focusing on a more limited number of emblematic characters -- Meinhof and...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
For two and a half hours, Edel lays out the bombings, kidnappings, and murders committed by the Baader-Meinhof group, which mutated into...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
This isn’t revisionist history; it’s a key moment in political radicalism reduced to an empty pop-cultural posture.
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By jersalmon
Kudos to the producers/directors for takling on such a topic at this time. For me the movie lacked some depth and it was a little drawn out. Still, with this in mind, the history is accurate and...

Which Side Are We On?

By spamtrap
The Baader Meinhof Complex is about a German terrorist organization that operated from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s. During this time frame I was a child and recall many of the events from the film...

A Film to See

By FilmGirlNYC
The Baader Meinhof Complex documents an important time in history. A must see. It's 2.5 hours long so drink a strong cup of coffee before you go into the theater!...

Bloody but very interesting

By Judy90403
Fascinating for me because I vaguely remembered that they had wreaked havoc in Germany for a long time. But I had no idea of the magnitude of their activities. It was hard for me to distinguish the...

The Baader-Meinhof Complex

By johnny one note
It was one of the best pictures I have seen in a long time; it takes an important piece of history and puts iit in a hostorical context. Acting and direction are superb and there are many...

Baader-Meinhoff Complex

By webber20
Way too long. Poorly developed characters. Would work better as a documentary....

excellent film

By ericdanville
this is an excellent film, with great performances all around (and while the actress who plays ulrike meinhof, martina gedeck, is wonderful, i was disappointed that Jasmin Tabatabai, who i believe...

good movie...long...sub-titles

By mlilley16
long, but important story that is relevant to what is going on in the world today....

Baader Meinhof

By rejudson
Well acted and written. Very interesting but would benefit from editing it to a shorter length....

Baader Meinhof

By lgordon
well constructed and gripping. but the politics of the film tend to associate this tiny minority of violent "revolutionaries" with the whole New Left student movement--quite a distortion....

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Rated R | For strong bloody violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.