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No Place On Earth (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

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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

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Documentary, Special Interest

Paul Laikin, Janet Tobias

Aug 20, 2013

$0.2M

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14) | 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.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[A] fascinating but frustrating documentary ...

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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After nine years of research, Nicola unearthed an amazing chapter in WWII history.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The producer's hand is heavy in No Place on Earth, but it ultimately can't sink the inspiring tale of endurance.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie is engaging but appallingly superficial when it considers the larger history of the Holocaust.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: JWR

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.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

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

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
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.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
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.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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