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Fateless Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's a great movie in Fateless, but it's the second half of a double-feature. And the first feature is one we've seen before.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Interest becomes dreariness in this 140 minute fatality of tedious storytelling.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

January 22, 2006
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine

We're meant to see the camps with a naive adolescent eye, but director Koltai misjudges his material, and his fastidious paletting and highly orchestrated set-pieces are curiously low-impact; beautiful where they should be beastly.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2006
Robert Hanks

Perhaps the fault lies more with Ennio Morricone's lavish, emotionally bullying music, which cancels out all the reticence and nuance of the script.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Fateless suggests a new kind of emotionless Holocaust drama--a cannibalistic one.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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... a remarkably tough-minded debut by Lajos Koltai ...

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 26, 2006
Chris Barsanti

Fateless is not a necessarily hopeful film, but it's also definitely not a cynical one; it may even be a great one.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2006
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

In cutting through the conventional cliches of Holocaust presentation to a more singular truth, Gyuri defies viewers to refuse him the license to tell his own story as he himself saw and felt it, rather than as others might prefer him to tell it.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 6, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Profound and majestic.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 6, 2006
Cole Smithey

"Fateless" is an essential film in the canon of holocaust film because it vividly tracks the specific brand of hatred that torture and genocidal murder inures.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

April 20, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is.

Full Review Source: Time Out

May 4, 2006
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

Fateless locates compassion in the worst sort of circumstances, and thus stokes the fire of hope in humanity, which is never a bad thing.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: B

January 27, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A powerful drama about a Hungarian boy's coming-of-age in concentration camps during World War II.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

January 5, 2006
Kent Turner

Director Lajos Koltai has taken a few tips from another Holocaust drama, Roman Polanski's The Pianist.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 6, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[L]ooks anew at familiar horrors through adolescent eyes, silently voicing the eternal teenage contention that adults are idiots and have hopelessly screwed up the world...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 11, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This true story takes the monumental suffering of the Holocaust and distills it into the life and survival of one teenaged boy.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

February 15, 2006
Alan Dale

No depiction of the extermination camp experience of an individual has ever been so large; it verges on the ecstatic.

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March 22, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Lajos Koltai's.. textured re-creation of enduring the unimaginable with quiet delicacy is the most hauntingly beautiful film about the Holocaust ever made.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

April 13, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In a long list of Holocaust films, this sublime one is well-worth seeking out.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

December 9, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Fateless will be inevitably compared to Schindler's List and especially The Pianist; while no single scene is as harrowing as the strongest moments in either of those movies, it's more sustained than either.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 3, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
March 17, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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