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Fighter (2001)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

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A psychological adventure that follows two European Jews who survived Nazism and revisit Europe for a tour of their past. Seventy-seven-year-old Jan Wiener and seventy-two-year-old Arnost Lustig escaped concentration camps and managed to flee Europe, only after losing their families. Now the two men return to visit the Czech Republic, and while making peace with their difficult pasts manage to keep each other company.


Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Nov 19, 2002

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1)

No larger aspect of what is in this film can be new to us; but seeing it in this old-friends perspective gives all of it, familiar and new, a novel effect.

April 9, 2002
The New Republic
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What unfolds onscreen is remarkable: The passions and arguments of the past are resurrected in the present.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Reminds us that different people react to madness -- in this case, the Holocaust -- in different ways.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Spending time with these guys is an invigorating treat.

December 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Even if these guys hadn't each gone through so much strife and real tragedy in their life, they're just interesting right now to see them going back and forth.

November 27, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
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Less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter, and the danger of attacking, however benignly, cherished beliefs.

November 26, 2001
Boston Globe
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'A humanistic piece about how the Holocaust, fascism, and the Second World War left permanent emotional scars on everyone who lived through it.'

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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April 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Bar-Lev's intimacy with his subjects is remarkable, and it allows him to reveal how these men have managed to become and remain friends.

February 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

It's a rarity these days: a film that will leave you thinking.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The fight and its aftermath don't provide an especially satisfying conclusion to the piece.

October 27, 2001
Boxoffice Magazine

Even though I'm not sure it should have even been made, the final product is at least emotionally impressive and absolutely debate inspiring.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

Not surprisingly, it's moving; but it's also endlessly engaging, uproariously funny at moments, informative, and eventually touching in ways one might not have expected.

October 25, 2001
New Times

A tale of a remarkable friendship between two wise, witty men.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A fascinating meditation on the nature of heroism and survival.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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