• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 18, 2022
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 16, 2022
    100
    Piercing, must-see documentary. ... “The U.S. and the Holocaust” will break your heart and challenge your faith. It tells its nightmare story with eloquence, insight, rigor, and compassion, an unflinching report from master storytellers at the height of their powers.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 16, 2022
    100
    The U.S. and the Holocaust stands as one of the most vital projects in Burns’ five-decade relationship with PBS. Smartly constructed and packed with avenues for future research and investigation, the three-night series may be the most viscerally affecting film to carry Burns’ name.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sep 15, 2022
    100
    For all the darkness of the history, there is much that's irresistible about the six hours of this saga. ... The series' commentators deliver views that are pricelessly succinct. ... The eloquence of the script by Geoffrey C. Ward is everywhere evident, though never more so than in the sections on the Statue of Liberty and the words of poet Emma Lazarus. Familiar as they may be by now, their powers, as used here, approach the sublime. The same can be said for the heart that went into the writing of these six unforgettable hours.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 18, 2022
    95
    Adding to Ken Burns’ legacy of classy historical fare for PBS, The U.S. and the Holocaust is documentary filmmaking with a purpose, a three-night production that directly links undercurrents of American society that influenced the decades featured to lingering strains of White supremacy and anti-Semitism. It’s fascinating as history, but sobering as current events.
  5. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Sep 19, 2022
    90
    It imposes a clarifying honesty on our claims of openness and exceptionalism. ... What makes "The U.S. and the Holocaust" required viewing, which is its determined focus on the everyday people living in cities across Europe before the Nazis mass murdered.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 16, 2022
    90
    Six emotionally demanding hours. ... Thorough history of the American response, and lack of it, to Germany’s criminal war on the Jews. ... Burns’ measured style — some would call it sleepy — does not always do favors to his subject. (“Jazz” was not very … jazzy.) But in this case, given the elegiac, tragic nature of the material, it feels entirely apt. ... “The U.S. and the Holocaust” becomes harder to watch as it goes on, for obvious reasons — it is unflinchingly graphic. ... Yet I don’t think it’s been made to be popular, but from a sense of mission.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 10 out of 29
  1. Sep 19, 2022
    10
    Nazis and far right internet trolls (also, basically Nazis) don’t like this doc, so it gets 5 stars from me.
  2. Sep 19, 2022
    10
    Really well done examine the ties to the American far right and Nazis. It has great footage and narration.
  3. Sep 20, 2022
    10
    This is one of those series that holds your attention because of how much you learn about history that was not taught in schools. Only theThis is one of those series that holds your attention because of how much you learn about history that was not taught in schools. Only the trolls and fascist-lovers would downvote this series. Full Review »