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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A smart and unsettling atmospheric thriller. show more

  • 60
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    The story-telling is a little too pat to deliver the surprise moments that reveal character or sweep audiences up emotionally. The film remains a creepy story with a lot of morbid fascination, set off by the captivating young Florencia Bado in her first screen role. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The German Doctor is never showy or melodramatic — just a kind of true-life horror story about the helpful, soft-spoken monster in our midst. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Writer-director Lucia Puenzo, adapting her own historical novel, concocts a disquieting and chilling thriller out of what might be a lost chapter in the infamous career of Nazi Doctor Joseph Mengele. show more

  • 75

    Early on, Alex Brendemuhl gives a quietly unnerving performance as Mengele, a polite and meticulously dressed gentleman living in 1960 Patagonia. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Puenzo’s initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    In Lucía Puenzo's film, things always feel off balance even as the plot points click all too neatly into place. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    There’s just not much of real import in this quasi-historical semi-thriller. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Writer/director Lucía Puenzo (XXY) has a nice feel for her characters and, especially, the viewpoint of adolescent Lilith. But by giving away the story’s big reveal at the very beginning, it infuses the film with a potent sense of dread rather than suspense. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    The family he preys on is a tad too unsuspecting to be believable, but the film still hits notes of deep tension. And the cast is superb, especially Àlex Brendemühl as the “Angel of Death” himself. show more

  • June 29, 2014 mikesmutt
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    solid movie kept watchable by the rapidly moving story---excellent acting and phenomenal scenery---grade B

  • June 14, 2014 mainecane
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    A good look back at the ambiance surrounding pre and post WW II Argentina (specifically Bariloche). True story? I don't know but Mengele was certainly in the area...I found myself in Bariloche with the movie.

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