Nicky's Family (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Nicky's Family
Nicholas Winton is a figure who deserves a worthy documentary in his name; unfortunately, Matej Minac's Nicky's Family only gets about halfway there.
In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling.
The unfathomable tragedy of the Holocaust is beyond the scope of "Nicky's Family," and even as the credits roll, Winton's simple decency is as mysterious as ever.
What's nettlesome about director Matej Minac's clunkily constructed documentary is what it says about our perverse but understandable need to spin some kind of happy ending onto the Holocaust.
Audience Reviews for Nicky's Family
If you didn't cry throughout this documentary then you're emotional moron. What a great documentary. Well told story. The director brought together many people who were party of the events, and their stories were well told.
FIVE STAR REVIEW OF NICKLY'S FAMILY
So much has been written about "Nicky's Family," we could not wait to watch it. This outstanding documentary does not disappoint! The story is engaging. The testimonials which comprise so much of the film are heartfelt. And the background of how this remarkable man's story came to light fifty years after his amazing heroism was revealed is truly a miracle!
All the praise heaped on Sir Nicholas Winton and this film is so well deserved. I urge you to see it and recommend it to your friends. Bravo!
NICKY'S FAMILY is a magnificent documentary that beautifully details the actions and determination of a single, compassionate human being, a stockbroker untrained in the ways of diplomacy and governmental affairs and what he did to save the lives of 600+ Jewish children in Prague, Czechoslovakia just prior to the official outbreak of WW II. It excellently portrays the profound pathos of the parents while mentioning the indifference of the governments of the world. It ends on a very uplifting note. The acting is superb as is the use of historical sources. It is a movie that should be shown widely in the USA and throughout the world but will not be because of the subject matter, there is no actor or director sufficiently well-known to the general public associated with it and the lack of publicity. My wife and i found it riveting. NICKY'S FAMILY is one of the finest documentaries ever made. The consensus of the people leaving the theater was uniform: NICKY'S FAMILY was outstanding. It should be rated ten (five is insufficient) ripe tomatoes. January 22, 2013
Sheldon F. Gottlieb
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