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Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 24, 2011
    80
    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 ...
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 22, 2011
    60
    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.