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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  1. Jul 3, 2011
    8
    What is advertised as a shocking tail of a propaganda film is more or less a telling of the day to day life at the Warsaw Ghetto. I just wish the filmmakers understood how golden the stories and relationships of the survivors to the ghetto were. At times it feels as though the documentary is trying to be more of a conspiracy piece, placing twists and turns that are way to knowledgeable toWhat is advertised as a shocking tail of a propaganda film is more or less a telling of the day to day life at the Warsaw Ghetto. I just wish the filmmakers understood how golden the stories and relationships of the survivors to the ghetto were. At times it feels as though the documentary is trying to be more of a conspiracy piece, placing twists and turns that are way to knowledgeable to the viewer to gain the gasps that they are working for. Collapse
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    10
    Poetic as it is probing, illuminating as it is moving, this astonishing Holocaust documentary uses newly found archive footage to show the day-to-day horror, strife, and heroism among the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. And because the footage was intended as the centerpiece of a never-completed Nazi propaganda 'documentary,' it also shows with damning clarity thePoetic as it is probing, illuminating as it is moving, this astonishing Holocaust documentary uses newly found archive footage to show the day-to-day horror, strife, and heroism among the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. And because the footage was intended as the centerpiece of a never-completed Nazi propaganda 'documentary,' it also shows with damning clarity the filmmakers' original evil intention to contrast the decadent lives of luxury supposedly lived by a handful of affluent Jews (all in ludicrously staged fictional footage) with the desperate and impoverished lives of their fellow citizens. Adding to the film's overwhelming power are the faces and words of survivors as they watch this document of a long-ago but never forgotten part of their lives; long-lost family, friends, and neighbors captured forever on film. Truly extraordinary. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2010
    0
    Um... I did not get a good vibe out of James Steal.

    How can anyone with any kind of intelligence disbelieve the voluminous evidence regarding the biggest nightmare in human history? Some people's stupidity is awe-inspiring.
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88

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 7, 2010
    90
    To say that the film is uncomfortable to watch is an understatement. It's searing. Yet it's also invaluable.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 7, 2010
    89
    Amid the increasingly horrific images of daily ghetto life are moments of utterly unexpected, haunting beauty, including a reel of color film that does more to humanize an inhuman situation than anything I've ever seen.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Oct 21, 2010
    83
    If it can seem like there's no end of films about the Holocaust, it might be because there is no bottom to the well of crime, inhumanity and evil described by that ghastly event.