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

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

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.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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.

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In the nine months prior to World War II, Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission, unmatched by any other country at the time. It opened its doors to 10,000 children at risk from the Nazi regime from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. These children were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. The majority of the children never saw their families again. Into the Arms of Strangers, the feature-length documentary film,

Aug 28, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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

Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Stories you'll never forget.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Students of both the dark and bright side of human nature cannot afford to miss it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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This is an inherently moving story, and director Mark Jonathan Harris has the wisdom to trust that.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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

June 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
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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.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A great human document, deeply moving, unforgettable.

May 7, 2001 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

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

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

One of the year's more devastating film experiences.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

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

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A compelling document.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Heartbreaking, haunting and occasionally humorous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
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."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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.
December 8, 2010
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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.
June 28, 2013
John Ballantine

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A must see documentary about children who escaped the Holocaust.
March 4, 2009
SunilJawahir

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