Simultaneously absorbing and alienating, Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex is the kind of film that makes perfect sense on one level, while making you want to tear your hair out on another.
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
The film would have benefitted by being less encompassing and focusing on a more limited number of emblematic characters...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...one the rare examples of historical fiction that manages to defuse a violent series of real-life events to the point of disinterest...
—Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine
Director Uli Edel's docudrama The Baader Meinhof Complex (a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) looks at the virus of leftist terrorism that swept West Germany beginning in 1970, but the film charts this phenomenon with a kind of nagging neutrality.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
The period detail is convincing, and there is some snap to a few action scenes, but this Bonnie-and-Klaus story never comes close to making its gallery of interchangeable killers sympathetic or even interesting.
—Kyle Smith New York Post