There Was Once...


Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Sep 22, 2011
    Much in this wholly absorbing and poignant documentary is familiar from numerous previous Holocaust accounts, but Mago and her quiet sense of moral obligation provides a fresh perspective.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 24, 2011
    Hungarian schoolteacher Gyongi Mago's campaign to raise awareness of her hometown's once-vibrant, now conspicuously absent Jewish population is captured in the superior docu There Was Once ...
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 19, 2011
    A not insignificant act of oral history, Gabor Kalman's There Was Onceā€¦ makes for considerably less compelling cinema whenever it turns its focus away from the talking-head testimony of the Holocaust survivors of Kalosca, Hungary.
  4. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 22, 2011
    Ah, well. "There Was Once ...may feel like sober, do-gooder public television, but it has integrity, recording one specific town's slice of living history. Simple as that, it's a worthy document.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 20, 2011
    The neo-Nazi sentiment in Hungary today is touched on most acutely when it mars the memorial that finally brings the survivors home.

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