Hitler's Children Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2012
The film drains its subjects of the shame forced on them by Nazi ancestors and yet has difficulty arriving at an effective, constructive thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
January 3, 2013
The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 15, 2012
It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
November 4, 2012
Hitler's Children explores the themes of guilt, memory, family ties and identity with a profound simplicity that quickly gets very raw, at times overwhelmingly so.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 15, 2012
How these men and women have chosen to face this inherited burden directly or flee from it creates a fascinating spectrum the film explores via quietly intimate interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
Hitler's Children is a powerful and well-judged presentation of the stories and their impossibilities.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 31, 2012
Zeevi not only has found himself five incredible subjects, but he's woven his film together so that their experiences and opinions are studies in contrasts and commonalities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 3, 2013
"Hitler's Children" is an original study of the Holocaust and is also a cautionary statement of the dangers of the rise of a new fascism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Variety
November 16, 2012
The sins of the fathers have seldom weighed so heavy as in the odd, intriguing and ultimately moving Hitler's Children.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 17, 2014
One of the most haunting documentaries ever made about tainted ancestry, a work of intense research that plays like a cerebral revelation rather than just a straightforward lesson in history.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 16, 2012
Quiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, "Hitler's Children" takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2013
A film whose core is a haunting question: When parents are monstrous, where does filial love begin and end?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 26, 2012
[A] chilling, unsettling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
As fascinating as it is provocative about aspects of evil, guilt, denial, heredity and repentance, this Israeli/German co-production offers much to think about.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2012
Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 12, 2013
Seems like such an obvious topic for a film that it's surprising no one else has made it before..Raises issues that never get old. Nor should we stop talking about them.
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