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The Edukators manages to combine political discourse, a love-triangle and a hostage plot without sacrificing its graceful humour.
TIME OUT

The film’s breeziness and energy act as a tonic, prevent its darker moods and insights from dragging its audience down…”The Edukators” has both a surprising ending and after-effect. For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.
CHICAGO METROMIX

His story certainly isn’t bleak…The wonderful Burghart Klaussner…we’re never quite sure what to make of Klaussner’s unflappable Hardenberg – he’s equal parts an aging patrician seeking his own lost youth and a Machiavellian wheeler-dealer looking for chinks in his enemy’s armor…The performers are all committed and spot-on – Brühl especially gives off an unhinged energy that’s quite endearing
FILM CRITIC

’’The Edukators” itself sits somewhere in the middle, an unfashionable place to be these days and for that reason one well worth visiting…suspenseful and remarkably provocative movie plonks us down with a trio of young Berliners who strenuously want to change the world…You’ll probably be talking about the ending for a while; like it or not, it carries a sting…Jentsch makes Jule both smart and unformed, a woman whose natural compassion is tested throughout the film…an evenhanded humanism flowing through ’’The Edukators”
BOSTON.COM

Making a film about revolutionary ideas would seem quite a feat in such complacent times. But Weingartner has managed to tap into the energy of youth, thanks to strong, believable performances from the entire cast…Weingartner uses the criminal gesture to explore the idea of lost ideals in the modern age.
ARTS AND OPINION

The film is, to some extent, a sympathetic exploration of the state of political idealism in the contemporary West, where all avenues of resistance seem blocked or co-opted by the system. But it is also a sometimes mocking exposé of what the old left used to call political infantilism. The director is clearly fond of his radicals – and the terrific actors playing them do so with exemplary conviction
THE NEW YORK TIMES

There’s a beating heart lying within this film
SLANT

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