Nanking Reviews

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June 12, 2010
A noble effort, but a flawed delivery. The film would benefit from more time spent with the real survivors, and less with actors tasked with "playing" the Western saviors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Geoff Berkshire
December 12, 2007
Although the story of Nanking deserves to be told, there's reason to hope this awkwardly executed doc won't be the definitive portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
This painful documentary ends on a hopeful note, although with a clear view of the cloud over human nature.
Don Willmott
December 11, 2007
an important historical record
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 1, 2008
A brutal introduction to events that should be better known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
February 28, 2008
Nanking bombards you with words and images of acts too barbaric to fully absorb.
Beth Accomando
February 3, 2008
Nanking is a sometimes clumsy and sometimes artistically flawed documentary but in the end it presents a powerful account of what happened in Nanking at the end of 1937 and beginning of 1938.
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2007
Documentarians Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman brilliantly combine archive footage from Japan's 1937 massive attack on China's former capital of Nanking with heartbreaking interviews of Chinese survivors, guilty Japanese soldiers, and actors giving stage r
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kim Voynar
February 3, 2007
War and violence are never pretty, and this is not an easy film to watch -- there is brutal and gruesome footage of the death and destruction that happened there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2007
The documentary is an effective and moving account of civilization gone amok.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 13, 2007
An engrossing documentary on the atrocities committed in Nanking by Japanese soldiers and the courageous heroism of some expats in 1937.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 31, 2007
It is a harsh story and the filmmakers do not try to sugarcoat or diminish its power and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David N. Butterworth
January 24, 2008
A harrowing look at how war takes its terrible toll on the innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 31, 2008
A handsome documentary on a brutal subject, Nanking delves into the 1937 Japanese invasion of China and the atrocities committed in the attack...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 12, 2007
[A] powerful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 12, 2007
Nanking is a swift, incisive documentary about one of the lesser-known horrors of the 20th century.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
December 13, 2007
Nanking submits yet another reminder, if any more were needed, of how wickedness in the 20th century achieved dimensions previously considered unimaginable -- or unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 10, 2008
I have rarely, if ever, seen a documentary reconstruction of a historical event that is so rich in firsthand (and well-preserved) photographic material.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 17, 2008
Anyone who sees Nanking should know going in what a brutal story it is, but no one should miss it because of a restrictive rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 16, 2008
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Village Voice
February 20, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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