Rebirth Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 9, 2011
For all the grievously familiar contours of its story, "Rebirth" holds an improbable store of surprises, thanks to the deft, sensitive direction of Bethesda native Jim Whitaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 2, 2011
Not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
August 31, 2011
For a film whose title evokes new beginnings, this portrait of five people devastated by the 2001 terrorist attacks treads dangerously close to necrophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 31, 2011
A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
August 30, 2011
Rebirth never persuasively builds to catharsis, and that's entirely for the best. Forget transcendence: The quintet's return to normal, quotidian lives is the most inspiring development of all.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 30, 2011
Stands as both a tribute and a study in healing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
A unique glimpse into the recovery mechanism of damaged hearts and bewildered minds, how a visage of hollowed-out sorrow after one year becomes a look of more peaceful acceptance down the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5