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The Rape of Europa Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race."

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2014
Louis Proyect
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Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII.

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October 16, 2008
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 22, 2008
Roger Ebert
Denver Post
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That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A sometimes intriguing, sometimes maddening essay in the realm of informational overkill.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 6, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

The Rape of Europa boasts a strong narration by Joan Allen as it explores a less familiar aspect of World War II and the legacy left by the Nazis.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

June 20, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Rape of Europa is conventionally made, but it doesn't need cinematic sizzle because it's packed with so many fascinating factoids.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 30, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Rape of Europa, an engrossing film based on Lynn Nicholas' 1995 book of the same name, offers a fascinating new perspective on an era that sometimes seems as if it has no more secrets.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 29, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The directors might have benefited by going smaller %u2014 for instance, focusing on two or three pieces of lost artwork and tracing their history. This art documentary simply isn't artful enough.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

It's a compelling journey into a soul-chilling past that might not be fully sorted out for generations to come.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2008
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Its lack of both style and focus keeps it from being a success as a feature film.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 24, 2008
Tim Cuprisin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Rape of Europa presents iconic images that viewers who aren't schooled in European art will recognize. That's a good way to connect with the film and understand the enormity of the pillage by Hitler and his cronies.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The movie's three directors sap the drama out of the story with slow pacing, a dispassionate accumulation of facts and a too-dry narration by Joan Allen.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2008
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

Narrated by Joan Allen, the film is a remarkably comprehensive look at the cultural destruction that accompanied the slaughter.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2008
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 6, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This is a vast subject, ideally suited to a series of films. It's at its most moving when focusing on the small stories of individual artworks taken from their owners and restored to the families decades later.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2008
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

(T)his dense, dynamic documentary... takes on the high drama and difficult moral quandaries of Adolf Hitler's campaign to plunder the great artworks of Europe...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

February 8, 2008
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Filmmakers Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham do a superb job of telling this neglected story in vivid detail.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 11, 2008
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