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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    Von Trotta seems to borrow some of her subject’s haughty disdain for compromise in a serviceable script that does the job of telling us who Hannah Arendt was like a good pair of solid, gray walking shoes; there’s nothing fancy or modern to distract from the portrait of one of the most important thinkers of the century. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    En route, despite some clumsy exposition and the reduction of heavyweights like Mary McCarthy and William Shawn to fifth-business caricatures, the film does manage one impressive intellectual achievement of its own: rescuing that “banality of evil” phrase from the banal cliché it’s become and, by providing the full and daring context, giving it real meaning again. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The rare film that flows from a wellspring of ideas. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    It’s involving, as biopics go, but the shattering debates that still swirl around Arendt’s view of the Holocaust are relegated to walk-ons. show more

  • 63
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    The film's most striking quality, and it's not insignificant, is director Margarethe von Trotta's refusal to fossilize the controversies she dramatizes. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    A film that ultimately says more about banality than evil. show more

  • 60
    Michael Atkinson Time Out New York

    A movie of one billion cigarettes, Hannah Arendt is about moral reason, not personality. It could do worse than lead you straight to the woman’s books. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    This is a formal and pedagogic production, but worthwhile nonetheless. show more

  • 67
    The Playlist

    As a filmic examination of an extraordinary mind, it doesn't breathe much life into the frame. show more

  • June 27, 2013 lgjhere1
    Report This User

    Lovely movie withs some rough spots due to foreign accents speaking English. Her argument for defending what she did wouldn't pass a high school debate class...needed more details.

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