Enemies of the People Reviews

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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
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
July 28, 2010
Restraint is precisely what makes this quietly harrowing documentary, composed mostly of interviews with former Khmer Rouge henchmen, so uncommonly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
July 27, 2010
An extraordinary historical testimonial.
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
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 30, 2010
A powerful personal quest, the first film to show living perpetrators of genocide from the highest policymaker down through the administrator and the lowest killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
July 27, 2010
Leave it to a documentary on the atrocities of a Cambodian genocide to get everything actually right about the way humans store information and retrieve it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 28, 2010
Provocative, unflinchingly honest, harrowing and unforgettable. It's among the most powerful and important documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.86/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
July 29, 2010
limpid, haunting, and generous
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
July 30, 2010
One of the year's best documentaries. Sambath's refinement in revealing the tragedy and epic brutality of Cambodia's killing fields makes the story all the more shocking and heartbreaking. You must see this movie!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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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
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+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 30, 2010
An important ethical documentary about the Cambodian genocide, a major Khmer Rouge leader, and some of the farmers who followed orders and killed hundreds of men, women, and children.
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
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 30, 2010
Extraordinary on several fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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 exposť.
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
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
Martin Dunphy
Georgia Straight
January 16, 2011
Absorbing and historic.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
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