The Rape of Europa Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 24, 2008
Its lack of both style and focus keeps it from being a success as a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 3, 2008
This one has focus trouble, canvassing too many countries, too many issues, and the filmmaking is on the ordinary side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 7, 2008
Renders one of the most arresting untold stories of World War II into something quite unaccountably boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 28, 2007
Not helping matters are Joan Allen's blanched tones as narrator, or the general flatness of the talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 14, 2007
The directors (Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham) have their hearts in the right place. But their film is uninspired in style, and Joan Allen's narration is dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 2007
The movie doesn't dramatize this crime -- it catalogs it. With deadening monotony.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 4, 2008
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2008
A startling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Denver Post
August 15, 2008
That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Newton
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2007
Hitler's methodical plan to plunder and destroy Europe's great works of art gets lush treatment in this comprehensive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2007
As the directors cogently and captivatingly illustrate, the Americans' acts of preservation and the Nazis' destructiveness and inquisitiveness both, ultimately, confirm art's status as an intrinsic, defining facet of national identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 22, 2008
A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 20, 2008
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.
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
January 25, 2008
There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
Filmmakers Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham do a superb job of telling this neglected story in vivid detail.
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September 17, 2007
Much of the documentary shows in gripping detail the efforts to save Europe's treasures from Hitler's clutches and the ravages of war.
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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 11, 2007
The doc is an excellent survey of the techniques employed by the Third Reich to not just demoralize but de-historicize the countries they invaded.
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