Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 18, 2013
    70
    Though Ze'evi's creative choices don't always serve the material — he unwisely attempts to pump up the emotional volume with an intrusive music score — his compassion for his subjects is clear, and their straightforward testimony is provocative.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jan 3, 2013
    50
    The moral weight of Hitler's Children is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 16, 2012
    90
    Few will be unmoved by this film's subjects, including the great niece of Herman Goering and the daughter of concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, as they relate the heavy burdens stemming from their fateful lineage.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 16, 2012
    80
    The sins of the fathers have seldom weighed so heavy as in the odd, intriguing and ultimately moving Hitler's Children.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 16, 2012
    90
    Quiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, Hitler's Children takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 15, 2012
    40
    It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Nov 14, 2012
    75
    The subjects of Hitler's Children all speak about the actions of their infamous forebears with shame, shock, or disgust, but they also make it clear this isn't true of everyone in their families.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Nov 13, 2012
    50
    The film drains its subjects of the shame forced on them by Nazi ancestors and yet has difficulty arriving at an effective, constructive thesis.
  9. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Interweaving interviews and footage of Rainer Hess's first trip to Auschwitz, Hitler's Children is a powerful and well-judged presentation of the stories and their impossibilities.

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