Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    An enthralling documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Jul 16, 2013
    63
    Winton’s inspiring story deserves greater attention but this film isn’t the best representation of it.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    Hokey reenactments of the war years do the film no favors, but it’s worth sticking them out to witness a humanity that never could be faked.
  4. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    A valuable albeit overproduced history lesson.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    The story is good enough to tell itself, and the filmmakers should have let it.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    It’s a compelling story, and Minac has told it before, notably in 2002’s “The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton.” This new documentary seems aimed at a classroom audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 17, 2013
    40
    There's a great story at the heart of Matej Minac's documentary Nicky's Family, if only it were allowed to be told unvarnished.
  8. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    It's a shame the way the film's narrative is undermined by long stretches of soulless re-enactments, by a well-meaning but energy-sapping final tribute, and by haphazard storytelling.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Jul 18, 2013
    38
    This is a powerful chapter in our human history, but it's made melodramatic and dull through Matej Minac's indulgence of hokey reenactments and sound-augmented archival footage.

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