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  • Summary: In 1941, during their march on Moscow, the Nazis discovered the mass graves of 22,00 Polish intellectuals, clergy and officers. Katyn is the story of Joseph Stalin's order to execute these people.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda musters the power of classical filmmaking and personal emotional investment to dramatize a stunning atrocity long covered up.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It is filmed with simplicity, a purity of intent, and I wanted to watch the faces of these men in their last seconds of life--not for the sake of history, but because of Wajda's imperative to put his father's death onscreen. He needed to do this. And somehow, sanity is restored.
  5. 75
    Wajda, who lost his father in the purge, gives the film an awful silence and mystery at its core.
  6. A pensive and searching drama that explores how deep into the national psyche these murders in the Katyn forest went.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JQ
    Jan 18, 2010
    10
    The harrowing final scene of the film vividly depicts the pure evil that was Communism.
  2. DomoR.
    Aug 22, 2009
    10
    The story of a lie perpetuated by nations upon nations and more, a nation upon itself. Although the events happened 69 years ago, it is nonetheless a timely lesson for us now. Perhaps one day the US will have director like Wajda turn his fine eye to the lies we've told and are still telling to ourselves. Expand
  3. FrankG.
    Aug 1, 2009
    10
    Fabulous movie. Stupendous. I wish it was shown in all schools. Children must learn about the crimes of communism.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. JayH
    Aug 9, 2009
    8
    Excellent story, exceptional cinematography and a keen eye for period detail make this a remarkable film.The story is very moving, disturbing as well. The cast is terrific and Andrzej Wajda's direction is superb. Fine art direction and costumes. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. PaulM
    Aug 24, 2009
    2
    An extremely disappointing film. The opening sequence indicated that I was in for a treat but within a few minutes I realised it was a bad film. Lack of continuity in story line, lacking in emotion, a very boring film. I've seen better treatment of this awful event on TV. Expand

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