No Place On Earth Reviews

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March 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 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 | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 27, 2013
It plays out as a unique real-life adventure Holocaust story, that touches the heart strings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 13, 2013
This is a nearly forgotten chapter of Holocaust history brought back to life by this documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
A powerful true-life story gets a rather pedestrian treatment in this compelling documentary.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
No Place on Earth is a satisfying hybrid that allows another worthwhile glimpse into courage during times of horrible tragedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 9, 2013
An extraordinary combination of documentary and dramatization...a Holocaust film that's also a modern detective story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 3, 2013
Perhaps too many reenactments, but nevertheless a moving tale of human endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
May 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 2, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 2, 2013
[A] fascinating but frustrating documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 2, 2013
The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 2, 2013
After nine years of research, Nicola unearthed an amazing chapter in WWII history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
May 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 26, 2013
The producer's hand is heavy in No Place on Earth, but it ultimately can't sink the inspiring tale of endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 21, 2013
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.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 21, 2013
The final piece of the documentary may be the most startling of all.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2013
The movie is engaging but appallingly superficial when it considers the larger history of the Holocaust.
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