Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 29, 2012
    75
    There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass. He doesn't seem at all happy with that luxury. It's a burden by a more extravagant name.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2012
    88
    Is something being hidden? No. It's more that something doesn't want to be known.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 26, 2012
    83
    Goldfinger happened upon a story far larger than he must have anticipated. The Flat is about the persistence of denial, and of hope.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 28, 2012
    91
    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 25, 2012
    80
    No definitive answers are possible to the questions The Flat raises, which makes them all the more provocative.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 18, 2012
    80
    Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound.
  7. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Nov 1, 2012
    100
    The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story.
  8. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Oct 15, 2012
    63
    Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 7, 2012
    63
    The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 18, 2012
    90
    A film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 16, 2012
    40
    The Flat details his efforts to understand this unusual situation, and although the film suggests that his relatives may have maintained this odd friendship as a denial of their homeland's betrayals, there's only so deep Goldfinger can dig.
  12. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Oct 10, 2012
    90
    In families, this fascinating film suggests, acknowledging or denying the darker truths of one's legacy is a choice that must be made again and again, each and every day.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 18, 2012
    90
    What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 2, 2012
    88
    A quietly brilliant study in cognitive dissonance, The Flat is a documentary look at Holocaust denial, but not the kind you might think.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 25, 2012
    10
    The finest film of the year. Neither a documentary nor a fiction film, it charts the discovery of an odd relationship between a Nazi and a Zionist by their descendants. Gradually, it reveals what it means to live in history--what you ignore, forget, what you do to survive. It's a much more personal film than Shoah and The Sorrow and the Pity, but it's as meaningful and moving. It must be seen. Full Review »