Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII Reviews

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May 15, 2006
Slesin, who's already won an Oscar for her documentary, "Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and The Legend of the Algonquin Round Table," should at least be racking up another nomination with this sterling effort.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
August 22, 2004
Slesin records these difficult and ambiguous circumstances with clear-eyed sobriety, yet in the end her film remains a testimonial to human goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
December 21, 2003
It's a thorough and complicated film that Slesin documents with poignancy and simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 19, 2003
It's good to be reminded of the existence of people willing to risk their lives to save someone else. Seeing this short film will reaffirm your faith in humanity.
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
October 10, 2003
Rewarding viewing.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 10, 2003
With economy, insight and skill, Slesin evokes all of the conflicting and contradictory emotions that attended these remarkable relationships.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 3, 2003
The deeply personal nature of these stories is captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2003
The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
July 25, 2003
The images seem at first unspectacular, until you realize that this is their value -- as records of normal children leading normal lives in a most abnormal time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2003
A canticle to compassion, a memorial to those who risked torture and death to save innocents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2003
Profoundly sad and uplifting at the same time - you can't help but respond to these stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 8, 2003
["Secret Lives"] is scheduled for a short theatrical run but is better suited for the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 6, 2003
Technically 'Secret Lives' is quite ordinary, but the people to whom it introduces us are far from that...this unassuming little film is very powerful indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 2, 2003
..has many moving moments and showcases a diversity of reactions from both the hidden and the hiders. The archival footage, still photograph, talking head approach becomes repetitive, however, making the documentary, at 72 minutes running time, feel padd
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
June 23, 2003
Fascinating, full of touching stories and stirring sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

E! Online
June 20, 2003
It's an excellent companion to other children-in- the-Holocaust documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2003
Skillfully probes issues of conflicting emotions and allegiances in a dark time, yet emerges as a loving affirmation of humanity's remarkable potential for goodness in the face of pervasive evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
June 18, 2003
It only forestalls its proper discovery by a wide, appreciative audience on a PBS channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
Even the 'good' Holocaust stories are chased by heartbreak, as we learn from this straight-ahead documentary about the tiny minority of 'righteous gentiles' all over Europe who risked their lives by hiding Jewish children under the noses of the Nazis.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 11, 2003
It's a wrenching but life-affirming work of great integrity and proficiency.
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