"A fabulous excursion into the deep mystery of evil"
- Errol Morris
"Intimate, human, suspenseful, and terrifying, its momentum guided by individual self-delusion and the awful weight and facts of history"
- Ken Burns, Filmmaker
"The result is as fascinating as it is disturbing, and the film heralds a new kind of Holocaust documentary, one made by a documentarian two generations removed from the original horror, one that dares to look at a perpetrator with the assumption that he is not an animal or a monster but a human being."
"I think The Decent One is an important, even compelling, contribution to Holocaust filmography. As racism and anti-Semitism continue to rise in Europe and the United States, understanding the life and mind of an anti-Semite who rationalized a way to murder so many people because of race is an educational imperative."
"Lapa’s film is certainly a history lesson that will be worth the time of people. It’s certainly a lesson that aims to humanize the figure of Himmler in a way that doesn’t necessarily render him more human."