Enemies of the People Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 23, 2012
Like Chillingworth's investigations of the minister Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," Sambath's conversations with Brother Number 2 and other killers aren't just reporter's interviews. They're attempts to cleanse and purge the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Martin Dunphy
Georgia Straight
January 16, 2011
Absorbing and historic.
Philip French
Guardian
December 27, 2010
A fascinating documentary that illustrates Georges Bernanos's famous dictum: "La colère des imbéciles remplit le monde."
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 15, 2010
This astonishing documentary by Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath, whose entire family was killed by the Khmer Rouge, gets as near as anyone has done to discovering how and why the killing fields happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
December 13, 2010
Enemies incisively interweaves archive footage with revealing interviews...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 11, 2010
The matter-of-fact honesty is as unsettling as the nightmarish stories these people tell
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 10, 2010
While providing a fascinating insight into one of history's bloodiest reigns, what shines through is Sambath's ability to bury any vengeance in favour of journalistic impartiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Zara Miller
Little White Lies
December 10, 2010
It won't leave your head for the whole journey home (and just the journey home from the cinema).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
December 9, 2010
Extraordinary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
December 9, 2010
This is patient, persistent, probing and fearless journalism of the highest order and it shocks to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 9, 2010
The methodology employed by Thet and co-director Rob Lemkin is occasionally manipulative and the truth often remains elusive. But this is absolutely compelling, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 8, 2010
War crimes cinema gets a new wrinkle, or scar of honour, in Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath's enthralling investigative documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 8, 2010
A powerful, well made documentary that serves as an important historical record, though it's understandably devastating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
December 8, 2010
Intense and harrowing, Sambath's documentary will pin you to your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 28, 2010
A patient filmmaker gets his historic interview
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 10, 2010
This documentary centering around the Khmer Rouge's Nuon Chea is a sobering reminder that amorality can indeed not only exist but also apparently thrive in a vacuum.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2010
How the genial Sambath remains so circumspect throughout his taut sessions with Chea is remarkable, as is so much of this must-see exposé.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 4, 2010
An all-too-human face is put on genocide in this highly personal investigation into the horror of the Khmer Rouge.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 2, 2010
One of the most amazing investigative documentary films of all time. The interviews are few but of the highest quality
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 30, 2010
As if the subject matter weren't disconcerting enough, Daniel Pemberton's music is positively eerie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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