• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Richard Trank
    In Theaters:
    May 23, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 11, 2007
  • Luminous Velocity

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I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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[Director] Trank is so busy fashioning [Wiesenthal] as a superhero that little light is shed on the man's relentlessness and his stubborn determination to keep his data center in Vienna even under siege from a shabby Austrian smear campaign.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 5, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

At times one clamors for a slightly more creative, probing investigation of the consuming forces that drove Wiesenthal.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2007
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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More objective filmmakers might have delved a little deeper and produced something more real.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2007
Marc Fisher
Boston Globe
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... the story of Wiesenthal is forced to compete with the sappiest of manipulative musical scores, a cheesy overemphasis on the Wiesenthal Center and its director, and a Hollywood mentality ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 14, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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A frustratingly routine hagiography of someone most of us think we know all about, this doc respectfully summarizes the life of Nazi tracker Simon Wiesenthal without ever going too deep.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 9, 2007
Kam Williams

An overdue testament to a one-man six-million man march in memory of all those who no longer had a voice.

Full Review Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 4/4

May 22, 2007
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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Celebrity narration (by Nicole Kidman) and deft filmmaking necessarily take a backseat here to the anger, grief, and incongruous good humor of the man himself.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 23, 2007
Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film dramatically shows how many of the criminals on Wiesenthal's lists were eventually sent to jail or died from heart attacks or suicide when they were at last located.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
David Mattin

A tragic, inspiring film.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2007
Keith Breese

Brilliantly captures the warmth and determination of this extraordinary man.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Effectively sketches Simon Wiesenthal's life, from his tenacity in surviving genocide, to his determination to find and punish ex-Nazis after World War II.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2007
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2007
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Important documentary record of an extraordinary man.

April 23, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

Serious documentary about one of the most important researchers of the 20th Century responsible for bringing major Nazi criminals to justice.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

May 17, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

In this obviously loving, respectful and generous documentary, Simon Wiesenthal is presented as a lone warrior on the trail of Nazi war criminals.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 20, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I Have Never Forgotten You salutes this bureaucratic detective as the man who first insisted that war crimes are sins that won't die unless they are dragged into the open.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

May 23, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Seamlessly blends old footage, new interviews and well-written narration into a straightforward but gripping chronicle balanced so far on the edges of horror and heroism that you may, just briefly, have a hard time believing it after all.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Through archival footage and numerous interviews, including one with Wiesenthal's daughter, a richly layered portrait emerges of a man steeled not so much for revenge as for justice.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

May 24, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[A] surprisingly lively biography.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2007
Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
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The film successfully contextualizes [Wisenthal's] legacy for a new generation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2007
Russell Edwards
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June 26, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
July 27, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
September 8, 2007
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