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  1. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Multiple problems, not least the blah action-movie score/editing, but there are glimpses of the film that might have been in the oft-superb and '70s-apt cinematography and performances in particular by Gedeck and Wokalek. The salient artistic captures of the complicated, compelling phenomenon of the title remain DIE DRITTE GENERATION and this musical masterpiece: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baader_Meinhof_(album)

  2. Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    1-2. That the movie is shot well is the best thing I can say about it. It's so crowded that the more vital details like context and motivation generally don't have room to emerge. It's so busy trying to allude to as many beats of the RAF's story as it can that most beats aren't fully fleshed out. The RAF and their philosophy are rendered shallowly and abjectly, and the colors are boring neutral blues and beiges.

  3. Adam M's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    "Frantically paced" is spot-on. A bit too breathless, and characters' behavior and sloganeering borders on caricature.

  4. Feng Ling's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    a film informs so little (to me) despite describing so much. violence inciting violence, people act without reason, hothead revolutionaries, potential misrepresentations and inaccuracies... it's Giulia from best of our youth all over again, with kids. always thought China lost a decade b/c cultural revolution, but turns out idiot youngsters wasted their life in the 60s all over the world. "this is our program!"

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  6. Thom Slattery's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Although a fascinating subject, this film suffers from the overabundance of material. Perhaps focusing on fewer moments from the history of the RAF would have made it more compelling. Then again, Burning Bush had a more concise topic and was spread over nearly 4 hours yet captivated me more. Parts of it were very well done.

  7. Loz Loory's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    2-2.5 This was overly long and highly glamorized, though I am not familiar with the actual events. The casting was poor, as many of the young men were dark, handsome, and difficult to tell apart. While I was glad to learn about the RAF, the script felt like it was sanitized from both the RAF & government perspectives. I must do some reading of primary sources. Wish this had the brilliance of Holland's "Burning Bush."

  8. ajay.brar@gmail.com's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Good in parts. The characterization of the Baader Meinhof members is quite bad - they come across as slogan shouting, partying, hyper strung out juveniles. I think there was at least a bit more to them.

  9. Matthew Chuckran's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    I spent a good amount of this movie sending funny voice messages to my friend who's away on work. Or at least I thought they were funny.

  10. jenesuispasanglais@gmail.com's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Frantic? Yes. Fast-paced? Yes. Fun? Mostly. Confusing? Absolutely. Film producers can use multiple characters and stories to create an experience that transcends individual elements; this is not one of those films. It was fun, albeit gruesome.

  11. El Biffo's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    There's a shocking amount of cigarette smoking in this film. Did everyone In 1968 Germany smoke?

  12. Linn's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Produced by Germany's man for the big screen, Bernd Eichinger, this film is, albeit suspense- and action-packed, surprisingly complex and subtle. Above all, the timeline of events, from the murder of Ohnesorg to the "Stammheim night" are depicted in meticulous detail with a strong focus on the motivations of and relations between the RAF members, and in particular Baader, Ensslin and Meinhof. --> [...]

  13. Omus's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    I'm glad this didn't choose to romanticize these terrorists. They came off as arrogant, entitled shit bags, like most terrorists.

  14. David R Williams's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Deny it all you like but there comes a time when violence is the only answer.

  15. Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    (half a star .5) I actually shut down right away when this film displays child pornography in the first few minutes. Call it story-related if you want, but it's not and there's no good reason or excuse for it. Done. After that, it's just the same old political bullshit you've seen better in numerous other films. This one was boring and unnecessary.

  16. T Mills's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Slick but absolutely a failure. As the Bruno Ganz character says, we need to understand the terrorists. The film doesn't. Even Spielberg's Munich shows both sides better than this. I never believed Meinhof would join them. I never cared one ounce if any of them were shot. I never saw worth in their cause. The filmmakers failed to show these terrorists as anything but whiny, dillusional, violent children. Bad film.

  17. Nick Potter's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    There's probably too much material to try to fit into one film, but I found myself intrigued, fascinated, and entertained throughout. I could go for a thorough doc on this.

  18. Monkey Flix's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    This seems to be a controversial film among people who are familiar with this period in German history. Starts off sympathetic to the radicals' cause but quickly switches gears to depict them as monsters. I would have preferred it if the film had just concentrated on telling the story of how these people went from peaceful to radical. That's the most interesting part of this story to me. Very good movie anyway.

  19. Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    A very sad example for the decline of German cinema. The director shows almost no ability to tell a story, it’s a hopeless sequence of single scenes without feelings for dramaturgy, augmented by fragments of news reel to pretend a true picture of the events. Some of the actors are horrible and not capable to communicate with others using their body language ... (read on in the commentaries)

  20. David Richards's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    The best film about terrorism I have seen. It brings the individuals involved to life and also places the events depicted in a detailed historical perspective, re-creating those difficult times.

  21. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    I think there's a certain age where all this makes sense. I remember reading about this group in Der Spiegel in college and romanticizing the notion. At that age you have no sense of patience, and the end justifies the means. They weren't wrong about the problems of US Imperialism or police states. The United States has been heading that way for a while. Thank goodness we've been narcotized by TV and films.

  22. Waxamillion's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Beautiful looking film, but like most causes, the meaning got lost and muddied in the end. Wanted this to be the prequel to Deutschland 83, but it wasnt. Still, any movie shot in Berlin has a beautiful look.

  23. thivai abhor's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Should be viewed with some historical background of/on the events/people being portrayed - most importantly beware of anyone (or film) that believes there is one correct history of this group/time/events. My ongoing archive http://internationalfilmstudies.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-baader-meinhoff-complex-germany-uli.html

  24. moviedream's rating of the film The Baader Meinhof Complex

    AMAZING cinema. This film shakes you, rattles you, and rocks you. It will change you.

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