Nicky's Family Reviews

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
As mechanical as a classroom lesson.
Jamie S. Rich
November 25, 2013
The documentary gets heavy handed with the contemporary material, but the actual story is one that deserves to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
July 18, 2013
This is a powerful chapter in our human history, but it's made melodramatic and dull through Matej Minac's indulgence of hokey reenactments and sound-augmented archival footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 19, 2013
Too much time is spent with survivors or Winton speaking to schoolchildren, or revisiting the place where this or that happened. Why not just talk to Winton himself?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Anderson
July 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2013
There's a great story at the heart of Matej Minac's documentary "Nicky's Family," if only it were allowed to be told unvarnished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
December 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
March 28, 2013
The story is good enough to tell itself, and the filmmakers should have let it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
December 19, 2013
He's been dubbed "Britain's Schindler." However, instead of the Spielberg treatment, Nicky's Family gives Winton something more like a Heritage Minute, complete with kitschy, misbegotten re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 20, 2013
Equally heartbreaking, informative and heartwarming. Unless you're made of stone, you will not be dry eyed by the time the end credits roll. It's easily accessible for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
June 18, 2013
Not as dismal as other stories from Holocaust documentaries. There are many positive notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jennifer Merin
July 16, 2013
A great story, brilliantly told. Sir Nicholas Winton is pure inspiration. See this wonderful documentary to catch some of it...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Alissa Simon
January 20, 2012
Inspirational pic provides a valuable albeit overproduced history lesson.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
May 16, 2013
A good, if not great, introduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 17, 2013
A true story about an ordinary person, who turned out to be an extraordinary human being when it counted the most.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 18, 2013
Although suffering from cheesy historical reenactments, this inspirational Holocaust-themed documentary recount a story that deserves to be more widely known.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2013
Hokey reenactments of the war years do the film no favors, but it's worth sticking them out to witness a humanity that never could be faked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anita Gates
New York Times
July 18, 2013
An enthralling documentary by Matej Minac...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 19, 2013
A great true story and a great man come together in this real heart-warmer of a documentary.
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