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Downfall(Der Untergang)

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Germany, Austria, Italy · 2004
Rated R · 2h 36m
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes
Genre Drama, History, War

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army and the Allied Expeditionary Force closing in. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will stop at nothing to achieve victory. But what will happen when the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand?

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The Hollywood Reporter by

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.


The New Yorker by David Denby

As a piece of acting, Ganz’s work is not just astounding, it’s actually rather moving. But I have doubts about the way his virtuosity has been put to use.


Variety by Derek Elley

Not so much a Hitler movie as a portrait of a totalitarian machine's spiritual and emotional collapse, Downfall is a cumulatively powerful Goetterdammerung centered on the last 10 days of the bunkered Fuehrer and those around him.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Downfall may be grimly self-important and inescapably trivializing. But we should be grateful that German cinema is more inclined to normalize the nation's history than rewrite it.


The A.V. Club by Nathan Rabin

Downfall's overstuffed melodrama juggles countless subplots and a small army of characters who manage to make an impression in spite of limited screen time.


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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