Fateless Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 2, 2006
Fateless looks man's inhumanity to man square in the eye and pronounces it standard operating procedure, and that may be the greater horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 4, 2006
Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
April 20, 2006
A reflection of how its main character comes to experience reality, as one small moment between what came before and whatever horror or happiness is yet to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2006
Many of the images in Fateless are familiar, but they're presented so unsparingly, so uncloaked by emotion, they become freshly potent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2006
Epic in scope and imagery, the film is a haunting look at mankind's capacity for inhumanity, as well as survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2006
The film is on a level just slightly below Schindler's List and The Pianist, and only because Koltai is a less powerful, practiced director than either Steven Spielberg or Roman Polanski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 15, 2006
Fateless presumes audiences know the details of how European Jews moved from ghettos to camps to liberation, so Koltai frequently jumps right past the big changes, and dwells instead on the tedious hours inside the train on the way to Auschwitz, an
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 10, 2006
With its first-person approach, Fateless joins other classic films about the Holocaust (Shoah, Schindler's List) by vividly portraying an event that can seem remote as the number of eyewitnesses shrinks each year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 24, 2006
Fateless accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject about which a multitude of films already have been made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 3, 2006
Koltai, a veteran cinematographer whose credits include more than a dozen movies by István Szabó (Mephisto, Sunshine), has managed something near miraculous with this hypnotically paced, lyrically downbeat, weirdly dreamlike 140-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2006
Not only do the scenes set during the war develop a cumulative emotional power, but those in the war's immediate aftermath give us a glimpse into a truth seldom explored -- a truth that only a survivor can possess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 2, 2006
Fateless is an extraordinary film, not just for its harrowing attention to detail of life within the concentration camps, but for the equal place of privilege it gives to life before and after World War II.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
January 27, 2006
In looking at Gyuri -- you see an indomitable spirit that rises above the horrors of his past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2006
A first-rate contribution to the Holocaust canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 26, 2006
... a remarkably tough-minded debut by Lajos Koltai ...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 20, 2006
This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 11, 2006
More than just another Holocaust memoir, Fateless is something special: an unforgettable portrait of grief and hope, loss and transcendence.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2006
A disturbingly beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 9, 2006
A distinguished addition to the canon of Holocaust-themed cinema, Lajos Koltai's Fateless is both haunting and poetic.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 6, 2006
Profound and majestic.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 5, 2006
As you'd expect from a cinematographer's movie, it's visually striking. But as its ambiguous postwar scenes of its embittered, bewildered hero display, it is also probing beyond its subject's customary parameters for fresh perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 5, 2006
Lajos Koltai's film, which follows a Jewish boy from Budapest to Buchenwald, ranks among the best nondocumentary cinematic treatments of the Holocaust yet produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 3, 2006
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.