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Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Although it appears to be nothing more than a "talking heads" documentary you may see on TV, Into the Arms of Strangers, nonetheless, tells a heart-wrenching story.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Although it appears to be nothing more than a "talking heads" documentary you may see on TV, Into the Arms of Strangers, nonetheless, tells a heart-wrenching story.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,224

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On November 9, 1938, Adolph Hitler's ugly war against the Jews began in earnest with the "Kristallnacht," in which Nazi troops joined with angry mobs to attack synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and residents of predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. While Hitler did not initially make clear his plans for a genocide of Germany's Jews, he openly stated his desire that Germany be free of Jews. Few nations were willing to accept the large numbers of German Jews who now wished to expatriate in fear … More

Rating:
PG (for thematic elements)
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:
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Written By:
Mark Jonathan Harris
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Variety
Top Critic

Stories you'll never forget.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Students of both the dark and bright side of human nature cannot afford to miss it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

As recorded history, Into the Arms of Strangers, is indispensable. As a piece of documentary filmmaking, it's no more inventive than scads of talking-head missives that appear on cable TV every evening.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
CNN.com
Top Critic

Into the Arms of Strangers was produced with the help of the Holocaust Museum in Washington; it is a valuable, if necessarily fragmented, part of that institution's attempt to convey the enormity of what the Nazis did one life at a time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

This is an inherently moving story, and director Mark Jonathan Harris has the wisdom to trust that.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
TheMovieReport.com

At the risk of sounding like a cad, I'll go ahead and admit that Into the Arms of Strangers is dreadfully boring and uninspired

Full Review… | June 18, 2001
Filmcritic.com

In tandem with the ever-growing body of documentaries on the same subject and the data they've all accumulated, it broadens our vision of this great human tragedy.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
Sacramento Bee

A great human document, deeply moving, unforgettable.

Full Review… | May 7, 2001
Sacramento News & Review

Faces which carry history. That's what you will take away with you after watching.

Full Review… | April 16, 2001
BBC.com

One of the year's more devastating film experiences.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Kansas City Star

A must see for history buffs as well as those who want to witness just how good humankind can be in the face of adversity and horror.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Screen It!

After two intense hours revisiting the elemental bond between parent and child, the grit of daily life washes away.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Still resonating as powerfully today as when these black events first unfolded.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Austin Chronicle

preserves some of the most poignant and effective Holocaust history ever witnessed

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Old School Reviews

A compelling document.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Empire Magazine

Heartbreaking, haunting and occasionally humorous.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
E! Online

This extraordinary documentary can be seen as a meditation on Francis Bacon's thought: "If one be gracious to strangers, it shows you are a citizen of the world."

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Spirituality and Practice

Using archival footage of Europe at the brink of war, Harris conjures up a moving piece of film journalism, defining love, loss, separation and a good-news moment in what was a bad-news world.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Producer Deborah Oppenheimer's journey of discovery about her late mother's past appears legitimately destined for award consideration.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport

Nearly 1,500,000 children were killed in the holocaust. These are the first hand accounts of a few that survived thanks to an English refugee program known as the Kindertransport. A fascinating but incredibly sad documentary that chronicles yet another segment of Hitler's horrific legacy.

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Randy Tippy

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A well laid out documentary that is aided tremendously by the heart felt stories that we hear from children who never ended up going home. Very moving.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

A must see documentary about children who escaped the Holocaust.

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Sunil Jawahir

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