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Kimjongilia Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 15, 2010
A classic case of a documentary filmmaker not trusting her material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
Arguably the most dysfunctional culture of the past few centuries, North Korea is a cosmically mad movie waiting to happen. But for now, Heikin's is merely insubstantial.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
August 26, 2010
Watching these painful reports by escapees of starvation, concentration camps, torture, and killings is more frustrating than enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 24, 2010
A distractingly superficial depiction of North Korea that boils down the country's complex history to a handful of bullet points.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jesse Singal
Boston Globe
September 1, 2010
Lately outsiders are more likely to laugh at North Korea's despotic head than to think about those who suffer under him, and Kimjongilia is a welcome and necessary antidote to that impulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
March 24, 2010
Heikin has gathered rare video shot in-country and riveting escapee stories to create a commendable upgrade to our limited fount of North Korean knowledge, which almost completely mitigates the doc's numerous problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 19, 2010
Built around interviews with more than a half-dozen North Koreans who fled their country but can't shake its hold on their imaginations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
March 30, 2010
...Heikin's riveting, horribly beautiful film has given many of these people the voice they so deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
March 6, 2010
An effective broadside against the regime of the world's most isolated nation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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