Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 14, 2014
    100
    There is no need for Murmelstein to break down here. In The Last of the Unjust, it’s as if the whole world is weeping.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Feb 5, 2014
    91
    The Last Of The Unjust is demanding but fascinating, both as history and as an intellectual volley on the lure of power, the ambiguities of perspective, and the difficulty of claiming moral high ground in a context where matters of life and death are so precarious.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 13, 2014
    90
    The new film may not qualify for masterpiece status, but it's an enthralling portrait of a man — an exceptionally brilliant and articulate man — who personified the courage, complexity and moral ambiguity of his tortured time.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 7, 2014
    90
    Murmelstein died in Rome in 1989, and having witnessed the terrible dilemmas he suffered and the mass rescues he pulled off, we can only be glad that he escaped the snap judgments of the social-media age.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 6, 2014
    90
    “Shoah” remains a heroic reckoning with the limits of collective understanding, but The Last of the Unjust is something smaller, stranger and more paradoxical: the portrait of an individual whose actions still defy comprehension, and the self-portrait of an artist consumed by the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Feb 7, 2014
    88
    My hunch is that most viewers, whatever their previous views on this fraught subject, will come away not only fascinated but largely convinced by Murmelstein.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 5, 2013
    83
    The Last of the Unjust rewards those willing to invest in Lanzmann's pensive technique with a complex tale that's alternately sad, enlightening, unexpectedly witty and ultimately exhausting, but carried along throughout by Lanzmann's commitment.

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