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The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 19, 2008
It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 19, 2008
A warts and all expose' designed to leave you outraged about the way America treats naive allies and about the unresolved, ugly fallout of the Vietnam conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
November 17, 2008
This heartfelt debut docu feature by veteran cinematographer Ellen Kuras brings an affecting personal dimension to a sprawling sociopolitical narrative.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2008
Even in a city bursting with extraordinary immigrant stories, this film about a Laotian-American family's journey to Brooklyn is unusually moving.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2008
The damage to the family seems too deep to heal, yet the film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful, with a melting violin score by Howard Shore. The bitterness has an epic scale -- bottomless, borderless, universal.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
November 16, 2008
A probing, textured mix of historical and personally shot footage set to an effectively disembodied voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 27, 2008
A treasure-trove of archival film indicts the U.S. for betraying the Laotian people--as seen through the travails of one family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kathie Smith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
The Betrayal occasionally takes on more than it can achieve, yet its scope and visual poetics elevate it far above similar documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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