A Film Unfinished Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 19, 2010
Historical rather than cinematic, 'A Film Unfinished' is not entended to be entertainment.
Armond White
New York Press
August 18, 2010
Think what Hannah Arendt could have made of this footage? Typical of contemporary advocacy journalism, Hersonski doesn't know what to do with this outrageous material except show it.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 11, 2010
Moviegoers have witnessed dozens of depictions of these events over the years, but here we can see what it's like to view them with the eyes of real experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 23, 2010
What we're seeing isn't the aftermath of an extermination plot, as in the post-liberation concentration camp films, but the dehumanization process itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
A flawed but hard-to-shake doc of one of mankind's greatest acts of inhumanity
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 3, 2010
...analysis, clarification and a counterbalancing - if not outright refutation - of the persistent, nasty myth of Jewish collaboration in the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 20, 2010
Hersonski has done Holocaust scholarship a great favor. Just when we thought there were no new twists to the story of the Warsaw Ghetto comes this documentary: focused, sorrowful and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
August 17, 2010
The artificial look of the added footage, counterpointed by the commentary of inmates and survivors, only underscores the unending shock of the film's unadulterated images, even though we have seen them in other Shoah documentaries.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2010
Yael Hersonski is no less a shrewd manipulator than the German directors she set out to expose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
Though sad, solemn and respectful, there is also a joyous sense of justice that closes out Hersonski's remarkable movie.
Adam Lippe
October 15, 2010
The movie feels both ill-advised with its Errol Morris-like recreations of those German filmmakers who were commissioned to make an anti-Semitic "documentary" and absolutely necessary as it examines Hitler's insecurity about his own decisions.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 1, 2010
For serious Holocaust junkies only.
Nora Lee Mandel
August 18, 2010
Powerful warning with universal message-movies lie. Without memory and context, we forget the truth and believe what we see. Meticulously detailed, overwhelmingly emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mike Scott
March 18, 2011
A heartbreaking but engrossing detective story that not only shines a light on Nazi evil but on the manipulative prowess of the Third Reich.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 11, 2010
Hersonski brings something both old and new to the table with this powerful 89-minute documentary. Other strengths are the well-written narration read by Rona Keenan and the haunting original music of composer Yishai Adar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
August 19, 2010
What sets Hersonski's film apart from many other films on the Holocaust is its study of the Nazis themselves
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Monika Bartyzel
July 6, 2010
A film that not only oozes a harsh reality never before seen, but also reveals the all-too-easy "cinematic deception" of film, reminding us that image doesn't necessarily equal truth.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
July 6, 2010
It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
Jennifer Merin
August 15, 2010
That Hersonski's grandmother was a Warsaw Ghetto survivor gives her film a deeply personal edge. That she coolly and convincingly extracts truth from propaganda makes her truly revelatory A Film Unfinished all the more important and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michelle Orange
August 26, 2010
The imperatives of history are manifold, and this film is among the most urgent of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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