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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The acting is immaculate; the editing is seamless; the imagery is blunt. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Proudly matter-of-fact but, sadly, far from gripping. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The 134-minute film jams in much information, incidents and characters without losing any entertainment value. And, fortunately, its heroism isn't pumped up or glorified. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Triumph seems the wrong note for a feature film about mass murder. Yet Gallenberger insists on an old-school historical melodrama, with the darkest of terrors leavened by humor, tenderness and even romance. It's only the terror that rings true. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Gallenberger tells Rabe’s story deftly, establishing essential elements of the man’s personality in subtle shorthand. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The fine supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, as a cynical American doctor who at first doesn't get along with Rabe; and Anne Consigny, as the French head of a local school for Chinese girls. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Garrett Time Out New York

    Packs a forceful punch. show more

  • 60
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    Boasting impressive production values, engaging storytelling and a standout lead performance by German star Ulrich Tukur, John Rabe will receive enthusiastic word of mouth from select arthouse audiences. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Drawn from Rabe's diaries, the film is rich in telling and ironic details. show more

  • 60
    David Denby The New Yorker

    One of the main virtues of John Rabe is to demonstrate that, however much we know about the worst of all wars, it still has little-known corners that can amaze us. show more

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