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  • Summary: Fateless is based on the moving and disturbing novel by 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész about a Hungarian Jewish boy's experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    100
    Profound and majestic.
  2. 91
    Fateless is a strangely beautiful film, enhanced by a typically lyrical Ennio Morricone score and by Koltai's hazy, grayed-out images.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    90
    Exquisitely modulated and superbly mounted, the directing debut of skilled cinematographer Lajos Koltai went through an extended, unpredictable production history to emerge as a genuinely new way of looking at the Holocaust that is markedly different in tone from other such stories including "Schindler's List" and "The Pianist."
  4. 88
    This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.
  5. 75
    The film never lacks dignity. Fateless doesn't look at life at the camp like Roberto Benigni did in "Life is Beautiful."
  6. 60
    Long, heavy, and not particularly edifying Holocaust drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. AlishaT,
    Feb 3, 2007
    10
    The cinematography was amazing. This movie moved me beyond words. Seeing atrocities being carried out in a concentration camp through the eyes of a young boy in his teens made me weep. Its an intense tale of survival through unimaginable situations. Expand
  2. MelissaH
    Oct 1, 2006
    10
    This was such an amazing movie both in its harsh and realistic depiction of the holocaust but also the beauty in the filming...one of the best movies I have seen in a long, long time Expand
  3. BenK.
    Jan 30, 2006
    10
    What separates this film from many other fine films about the Holocaust is treatment of the aftermath of war. Clearly what Gyuri experiences in the concentration camps are unfathomable to most and when the film shows this newfound distance it is unbearably poignant. Gyuri attempts to find meaning in his experience and his attempts to find meaning are what will make the film controversial as some will misinterpret these attempts as somehow a defense of the holocaust which it most clearly is not. This is a moving and important film which deserves to be seen by wide audience. Expand
  4. justins.
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    The cinematography is incredible. Just a really moving and haunting movie, one you truly won't forget. The ending was amazing; I won't give it away, but Nagy says something that totally changes your perception of what happened to him. Terrific acting by him. This movie should be a strong contender for best foreign film, if not best film. Expand
  5. VeronicaM.
    May 12, 2006
    9
    A very powerful and compelling experience. Some very shocking images are so beautifully photographed that the contrasts are all the more striking. Far better than the overpraised 'The Pianist' and more mature and honest than 'Schindler's List.' Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Jun 5, 2006
    9
    Nobody gets shot in the head, but a guard's slap in the face of our protagonist, curiously, had a stronger effect on me than anything in "Schindler's List". A dead person no longer feels humiliated and dehumanized. "Fateless" is a film for people who process the holocaust as nothing less than catastrophic. There's nothing in this film for Nazi sympathizers to hi-five each other. There's just corpses. "Fateless" provides no vicarious thrills for the sociopath. "The Grey Zone", great as it was, might've gone too far. "Fateless" merely suggests the violence. Expand
  7. JenneyL.
    Jun 9, 2006
    0
    I dont know where all these high points are coming from. I just saw it on pay per view only because of these reviews. You guys suck for leading me so wrong. If you havent seen it, dont waste you time Expand

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