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In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
The film is flecked with moments of interest, though this decidedly minor and not particularly cinematographic affair is clearly best suited to television.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
November 17, 2011
It's regretful when the film essentially turns into little more than a good-mannered advertisement for a cemetery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
November 17, 2011
"In Heaven, Underground" captures the aura of the Weissensee in its many layers. The sense of place may be expected, but it's also poetic and exquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
November 22, 2011
It's far too much ground for one 90-minute documentary to cover ... In Heaven, Underground, though, is gorgeously photographed.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 17, 2011
Most people wouldn't expect a film that's inherently about death (and, to a lesser extent, the Holocaust) to be uplifting, but the gentle, tender documentary In Heaven, Underground ultimately achieves it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 28, 2011
Wondrous, captivating and genuinely heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.865/10
Jennifer Merin
November 13, 2011
The film's lead character is Weissensee Jewish Cemetery itself, a place that houses the dead, but has survived to become a symbol of human resilience, and of the importance of recognizing and respecting tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 1, 2011
A majestic garden is the real star of this somber yet inspiring documentary.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 18, 2011
In Heaven, Underground is an oddity: an upbeat film about a cemetery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 15, 2011
As a micro-to-macro tour of Germany's fraught relationship with its Jewish citizens, In Heaven Underground couldn't be more connective; as a straight doc, its aesthetic choices couldn't be more confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2011
There are fascinating stories to be told, and we do get a few. But much of the movie feels padded, as if Wauer didn't uncover quite enough substance to fill out her chronicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2012
A playful, poetic and all-around charming documentary, an off-center look at an unusual institution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Interviews with the cemetery director and with adults who grew up in buildings on the outskirts convey something we might not have imagined, or bothered to imagine-affection for a cemetery.

Film Threat
May 2, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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