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Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 16, 2010
Roberta Grossman's film gracefully integrates tasteful re-enactments into a straight-up documentary approach, but, deliberately steers away from the more interesting questions of Senesh's character ...
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Nora Lee Mandel
January 29, 2009
Meticulously researched actions of this idealistic young woman surmount the film's tone of an official eulogy, but it struggles throughout to bring her back to life size.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Peikert
New York Press
January 28, 2009
Her story has inspired millions, so why does she comes across as such a pill in the new documentary Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh?
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
February 3, 2009
Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 28, 2009
Roberta Grossman's Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh documents courage, but steers clear of character.
| Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International
January 28, 2009
Never shows exactly how Senesh planned to rescue Jews.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 30, 2009
Blessed Is the Match tells us just about everything we might want to know about her -- except why she did what she did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
A captivating, inspirational, engrossing and profoundly illuminating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
(The film) goes beyond the symbol to find the flesh and blood woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her people.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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January 30, 2009
Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jennifer Merin
April 15, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film is a moving portrait of the heroic Hannah, often referred to as a modern Joan of Arc, but whose story also reminds us of another beloved Holocaust diarist and victim, Anne Frank.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 30, 2009
A documentary that pays tribute to an idealistic young woman whose courage enabled her to sacrifice her life while trying to rescue Jews in her native Hungary during World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
January 11, 2010
An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
August 11, 2009
It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short.
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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 25, 2009
Remarkable for bringing a little-known story of one woman's great courage and conviction to our attention but is most notable for director Roberta Grossman's dully strenuous cinematic sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 30, 2009
In a way, the dry tone fits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
February 6, 2009
The film makes clear in readings from Hannah Seneh's diaries and poems that her dedication to building a Jewish state has shaped her legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 6, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2009
Intent on seeing Senesh as a symbol of hope and resistance, Blessed Is the Match is content to focus on the tragic legend that her life became.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Miliard
Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2009
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