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No Place On Earth (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 789

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Movie Info

In October 1942, Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis - and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is one like no other ever told. It was life...like NO PLACE ON EARTH. (c) Magnolia

Rating:
PG-13 (for thematic elements including brief violent images)
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Laikin , Janet Tobias
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 20, 2013
Box Office:
$0.2M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for No Place On Earth

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (8)

"No Place on Earth" is at its most moving when showing us, in close-up, the still-haunted faces of the cave dwellers, many of whom tell their stories to director Janet Tobias' camera.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[A] fascinating but frustrating documentary ...

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

After nine years of research, Nicola unearthed an amazing chapter in WWII history.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The producer's hand is heavy in No Place on Earth, but it ultimately can't sink the inspiring tale of endurance.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The movie is engaging but appallingly superficial when it considers the larger history of the Holocaust.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Janet Tobias has expertly crafted this tale of Jewish families in the western Ukraine fighting for their lives by ferreting underground and living for nearly a year and a half in dark, damp caves in the countryside.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014

This is the remarkable story of a few of Holocaust survivors who lived over 500 days in caves, coming out into the light only when the German army had been driven from the Ukraine.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Laramie Movie Scope

It plays out as a unique real-life adventure Holocaust story, that touches the heart strings.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a nearly forgotten chapter of Holocaust history brought back to life by this documentary.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Mark Leeper's Reviews

A powerful true-life story gets a rather pedestrian treatment in this compelling documentary.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

No Place on Earth is a satisfying hybrid that allows another worthwhile glimpse into courage during times of horrible tragedy...

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Film Threat

An extraordinary combination of documentary and dramatization...a Holocaust film that's also a modern detective story.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
One Guy's Opinion

Perhaps too many reenactments, but nevertheless a moving tale of human endurance.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Boston Herald

None of my formal quibbles is meant to make light of this heroic story. Indeed, some chronicle is better than no chronicle, but the past exists only in the retelling; how history is written is as important as the story itself.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Austin Chronicle

It is joyous to see these people, then children, now old, in natural light, and it is extraordinary to see them return to the cave that sheltered them.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

There's a great book there, but "No Place on Earth" director Janet Tobias chose to fill the gaps in the story with lengthy, indifferently acted "re-creations" that lead us to question how much of what we're seeing is true and how much is fictionalized.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There have been many films detailing horrific aspects of the Holocaust. "No Place On Earth" has a definite place in the ranks of the best.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The final piece of the documentary may be the most startling of all.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The Holocaust-survival documentary is almost a cliché at this point, but Janet Tobias' documentary provides yet another proof that there's a virtually infinite supply of such stories.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Oregonian

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