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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

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

April 16, 2010
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 5/10

January 29, 2009
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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?

Full Review Source: New York Press

January 28, 2009
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 3, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

January 28, 2009
Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International

Never shows exactly how Senesh planned to rescue Jews.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Original Score: C+

January 28, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2009
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 5, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A captivating, inspirational, engrossing and profoundly illuminating experience.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 9/10

January 30, 2009
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 1, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 5/10

January 30, 2009
Jennifer Merin
About.com

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 15, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2009
Phil Hall
IdentityTheory

An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II.

Full Review Source: IdentityTheory | Original Score: 4/5

January 11, 2010
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short.

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August 11, 2009
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Time Out New York
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Using archival footage, interviews and actors, writer Sophie Sartain and director Roberta Grossman celebrate Senesh's fierce courage without idealizing her.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

January 29, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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In a way, the dry tone fits.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2009
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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 Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

February 6, 2009
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2009
Mike Miliard
Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2009
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