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La Rafle Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
June 12, 2014
Director Rose Bosch's intentions seem genuine, but her dramatizations frequently undermine the horrific real-life events on which they're based.
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
A somber, flat, occasionally moving reminder of one of France's darkest moments
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nora Lee Mandel
January 16, 2013
Realistically brings to the screen. . .as visceral, powerful, and ever more awful scenes. . . but the larger historical context comes across as stiff educational recreations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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November 20, 2012
It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 15, 2012
A well-meaning but inexpertly dramatized account of the roundup of 13,000 Parisian Jews in the summer of 1942.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
November 15, 2012
The utter hopelessness experienced by European Jewry is never hinted at, and in its way this betrays the Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of Inglourious Basterds farce ...
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
November 13, 2012
The movie succeeds in generating only mild outrage, tempered by impeccable tastefulness and the safe distance of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2012
Sentimentality may make the movie's agony more digestible, but its darkness resists any glossing over of what isn't only France's, but Europe's painful legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 2, 2012
This is the second film by the writer-director Rose Bosch, and we very soon sense her surety, her confidence in her ingenuity, which gives virtually every shot the feeling that it has been made the best way possible.
Harvey S. Karten
August 23, 2012
A Holocaust 101 film that focuses on the roundup of French Jews in 1942 from a child's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stan Hall
August 9, 2012
There are two halves to "La Rafle."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jordan Mintzer
February 23, 2012
Turning one of the darkest moments in modern French history into syrupy historical drama, writer-director Rose Bosch's The Round Up is a polished, pathos-driven re-creation of the Vichy regime's mass imprisonment and disposal of 13,000 Parisian Jews.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 21, 2011
Writer-director Rose Bosch is working in unabashed historical epic mode here, balancing individual stories with grand-scale awfulness effectively. She never swerves for cheap sentiment, she just lays it all out.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 22, 2011
Horrors of War Revisited in French 'La Rafle'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 21, 2011
A big, sorrowful, dramatically trite period epic about a bleak chapter in the history of modern France.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
July 20, 2011
Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2011
It's a useful primer on this period of French history, but isn't much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
June 19, 2011
There is no denying the power of the events, the importance of them now being told in movie form, nor the clear-eyed way that Bosch dramatises previously dry historical facts - in order to leave us misty-eyed.
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