Killing Kasztner Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 15, 2010
Did he truly sell his soul, or was he just, as a family member says in the film, the wrong kind of hero? The film fascinates even as the man himself remains elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 7, 2010
There are deeply complex issues afoot here -- most especially the question of how a country and a people decides who will be its heroes -- and this amateurish film, with its tabloid-TV zooms and hokey visual metaphors, simply isn't up to such complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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April 29, 2010
Director Gaylen Ross assembles a fascinating look at this complex man and the still-smoldering argument about his legacy.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 27, 2010
Gaylen Ross's excellent documentary explores how a forgotten hero of the Holocaust became a political target in Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 22, 2010
The 2008 documentary "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis" is more the latter, and it arguably makes one wonder if there is such a thing as Holocaust minutiae.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 22, 2010
The very things that make Killing Kasztner maddening -- herky-jerky storytelling, heavy-handedness, doomy music, unearned moral certitude -- keep it moving right along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 12, 2010
What emerges is less than an in-depth portrait of a man -- we learn little about him, aside from his intelligence, his charisma and his itch to be near power -- than a study of nationhood, history and the psychology of heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 4, 2010
Tells a fascinating story in an unwieldy way...a pity the structural flaws undermine its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2010
As an examination of what happens when events on the ground collide with national myth and a look at how disinclined complex reality is to fit into tidy boxes, it can't be beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 25, 2009
A well-balanced and provocative documentary that's equally engaging, poignant and illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Nora Lee Mandel
October 24, 2009
Absorbing untangling of how history judges choices made in extreme circumstances. Scrapes the scab off raw ethical, emotional and political perceptions of WWII heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 23, 2009
The film leaves you with a sense that Kastner's name is a casualty of rhetorical crossfire.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Alissa Simon
October 22, 2009
Ambitious but ungainly.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 20, 2009
Notable for, if nothing else, introducing a Jewish character endowed with much of the same historical controversy as his German counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 20, 2009
Ross is very good at teasing out the politics behind Kasztner's shifting fortunes, not to mention his murky ambitions. But closure is the last thing that's needed here.
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Eric Monder
Hollywood Reporter
October 20, 2009
Biased as journalism but engrossing as a movie, this documentary about a controversial Holocaust figure should be taken with a grain of kosher salt.
Harvey S. Karten
October 16, 2009
An unbiased documentary sheds light on a Hungarian Jew who saved over 1600 Holocaust victims from the death camps by negotiating directly with Eichmann.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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