Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: James Adams
    100
    There's no redemption here. Indeed, if anything is redemptive about Katyn , it's the fact of the film itself.
  2. The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda musters the power of classical filmmaking and personal emotional investment to dramatize a stunning atrocity long covered up.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    90
    This plays almost like an academic master class, meticulously exploring the event's ramifications but only catching full fire at the end.
  4. 90
    This tenacious artist has now given his father a proper memorial and has reasserted, with power and grace, the history and identity of his nearly effaced country.
  5. 88
    Now Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Eder
    88
    An unrelentingly powerful and seamless indictment of two brutal political systems.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    A history lesson for a country and a people forced to forget at gunpoint.
  8. 83
    Wajda makes the murders look horrific and jangled, like something out of "Hostel," then ends Katyn with extended darkness and silence, allowing the audience to mourn for the death of a nation.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 17, 2013
    8
    Superb and powerful. A good one from Andrzej Wajda. Story, cinematography, directing and others are really exceptional. For a person who did not know anything about Katyn, it was a good documentary-like too. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    8
    I was afraid the film would be melodramatic and oozing with patriotism - but this is still a Wajda film. The exemplary life stories entangled in this gruesome part of history are written convincingly and enthrallingly written. The directing, cinematography etc. is superb, as one has come to expect from Wajda. On top of it, the Polish actors (and especially actresses!) have done a great job as well. Full Review »