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: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2012
    88
    Is something being hidden? No. It's more that something doesn't want to be known.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 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 »