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The Rape of Europa Reviews

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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 6, 2008
It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 1, 2008
As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2008
A startling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2007
Surprisingly vast and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 27, 2007
Europa starts to lose its tight focus and becomes a cinematic cataloguing of events across seven countries. Given the moral imperative at the heart of the movie, however, perhaps more is more.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 27, 2007
Rape of Europa is a history lesson dressed as a measured thriller.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 20, 2007
All in all, an exciting and terrifying new perspective on an era you probably thought you understood.
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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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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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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
This meticulously rich documentary chronicles the cultural scavenging of the Nazis and the heroic efforts of art patrons and ordinary citizens to hide the treasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ariella Budick
Newsday
September 13, 2007
A fascinating account of art's fate during the rise of the Third Reich and the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
May 22, 2007
Fortunately, historical facts far outweigh psychological speculation in The Rape of Europa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 2, 2007
Mesmerizing morality play, rich in rare archival footage and complete with heroic Allied saviors.