Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. An exceptional film -- unpacks long-buried suitcases, both figuratively and literally.
  2. Krabbe attempts to stuff too many themes and subplots into the story.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    75
    The film is a thoughtful, but by no means somber, look at an issue that might strike a particular chord with Jews.
  4. 70
    Krabbé alternates exaggeration with sentiment, but the main characters are relatively complex, and its surprise ending is genuinely affecting.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert K. Elder
    63
    The only glaring fault of this otherwise fine film is that director Jeroen Krabbe's sense of drama is far too heavy-handed in spots.
  6. Becomes disarmingly warm and even a little folksy at times, but Edwin de Vries' script proves devastatingly deceptive.
  7. 60
    Manipulative filmmaking at its most gently persuasive.
  8. The drama has compelling moments and touches of imagination, but it relies more on sentiment than sense in conveying its messages about faith, family, and tradition.
  9. 50
    One of those movies where the audience knows the message before the film begins and the characters are still learning it when the film ends.
  10. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    A well intentioned but uneven and overly sentimental film.
  11. After a dreadfully clunky start, Left Luggage picks up and becomes quite moving.
  12. 50
    Not for everyone's taste, I'd think, but a notably thoughtful effort nonetheless.
  13. 41
    Has only its actors to keep it afloat.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Can a adorable, freckle-faced four-year-old save an entire movie? Sadly no.
  15. So intent on pushing its virtuous agenda that its characters often sound like mouthpieces parroting predigested attitudes.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 4, 2015
    8
    Over all I found it a very interesting movie. The film told a bit more about how children after the holocaust lived. It’s chocking to see howOver all I found it a very interesting movie. The film told a bit more about how children after the holocaust lived. It’s chocking to see how the Jewish people were disadvantaged in that time, they couldn’t walk over the street without being shout out. The movie was at times rather boring. What really bothered me was that the mother constantly wanted to hand out cake to all the visitors. The funniest part of the movie was for me the moment of seeing what their neighbor below had do to her husband’s stamp collection. The most beautiful moment was when the boy first spoke to Chaya. At first it was just the sound of a duck but bit by bit he learned more words but finally he learned to speak perfectly. The saddest part was when Chaya heard that Simcha Kalman drown in the lake where they went to feed the ducks. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2015
    5
    Left luggage is a film about children who survived the holocaust, not a common subject. They have a heavy life specially Simcha, a 4 year oldLeft luggage is a film about children who survived the holocaust, not a common subject. They have a heavy life specially Simcha, a 4 year old boy from a family of 5. In the beginning he refused to talk until he met his new nanny; Chaya, she teaches him to speak while walking in the park. Suddenly he imitates the sound of a duck. The family is Chaya really thankful. Chaya and Simcha have built up an amazing friendship. That friendship was the only positive part in the film. All the rest was drama, from the beginning to the end and back. Not a film I would choose to watch but we watched it at school. That is one part of the story, the other part is about Chaya and her family. Her father is obsessed by finding the luggage he buried somewhere in Antwerp. He drives his wife creasy whit his obsession. Overall it is a good film if you like drama. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2015
    6
    Left luggage is a good movie about survivors of the holocaust.
    The main character Chaya in the movie is a student who just got a job as a
    Left luggage is a good movie about survivors of the holocaust.
    The main character Chaya in the movie is a student who just got a job as a nanny at a religious Jewish family. In my opinion she is played very well by the actress Laura Fraser. The family is very religious and she has a hard time adjusting to those customs. But she keeps working there because she grows fond of the disabled Jewish boy and helps him. I think it’s quite adorable and there were some moving moments in the movie.
    Her parents are survivors of the holocaust and her father has buried some luggage before the holocaust. I find it odd that the move is named left luggage but the movie is more about the Shaya working as a nanny.
    In my experience I learned a lot about Jewish customs.
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