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Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

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Average Rating: 7/10
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A former concentration-camp detainee who, alongside her sister, suffered unthinkable experiments at the hands of the Third Reich's most notorious medical monster attempts to reconcile her past by forgiving the Nazis for their genocidal atrocities in directors Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's deeply personal documentary. Spurned on in her mission by the recent death of her sister -- a belated but direct result of the horrors that befell the then-young girl during World War II -- one-time "Mengele

Apr 17, 2007

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... compelling and provocative ...

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's hard to know whether to be impressed or appalled by Eva Mozes Kor, the Holocaust survivor in Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's fascinating documentary.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This tale of one survivor determined not to let those horrific experiences define her is moving enough to make Forgiving Dr. Mengele a worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.

June 13, 2006
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For a film about death-camp survivors Forgiving Dr. Mengele is surprisingly uplifting and, at times, even lighthearted.

May 27, 2006
New York Times
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The film is mostly dry and uninspired. An extraordinary woman like Eva Kor deserves a less ordinary biography.

May 20, 2006
New York Post
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This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A thought-provoking documentary about the difficulty people have with the spiritual practice of forgiveness.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Short, simple but powerfully provocative documentary.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Eva's story could have been a solely tragic one, but she has some powerful words of wisdom that could help anyone deal with traumatic events.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The politics of forgiveness cast a heavy shadow over Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's documentary about Romanian-born Eva Mozes Kor, who endured 10 months of Dr. Josef Mengele's notorious medical experiments.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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a rickety thing

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A favorable depiction of a Holocaust survivor who forgives.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

The film's visual style is unremarkable and includes some really jejune transpositions and graphic matches the filmmakers use to bridge the past and present, but the woman's memories are vivid enough without such affectations.

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Though dry in spots, Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a provocative, emotionally affecting film.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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