Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 29, 2012
    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
    Is something being hidden? No. It's more that something doesn't want to be known.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 26, 2012
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    A quietly brilliant study in cognitive dissonance, The Flat is a documentary look at Holocaust denial, but not the kind you might think.
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  1. Dec 25, 2012
    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 aThe 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 »