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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
Variety
October 22, 2009
Ambitious but ungainly.
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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.