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The Flat Reviews

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Amy Taubin
August 4, 2015
One of the most surprising, engaging, and psychologically complex documentaries of recent years.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
It's a mesmerizing detective story ...with an oddly uplifting ending that suggests a commonality of the human spirit that supersedes ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
'The Flat' has a strange staying power that the objects in the apartment didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2013
An intriguing documentary about a man who discovers some huge surprises with major implications when he starts digging through the stuff left behind in his grandparent's apartment in Tel Aviv after his grandmother's death.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 7, 2012
Arnon's filmmaking is flaccid, with TV-style interviews and rote reaction shots in place of cinematic imagery and deftly edited surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2012
Since there's no big payoff, the family drama documentary fizzles in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 29, 2012
There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2012
I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 23, 2012
Grandma's closet contains a story only the third generation can hear
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 22, 2012
Are things better left alone or is revealing all always the best path? "The Flat," to its credit, offers nothing like a definitive answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 15, 2012
"The Flat" is a compelling tale of history made personal, and of what happens when light is shone on something previously murky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
November 13, 2012
An earnest and deeply personal exhumation of proverbial skeletons in the family closet, The Flat is damned by its own incuriosity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
A grim historical detective story indeed.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 8, 2012
Once the facts have been presented, the film begins to run out of steam and one is only left to question why the filmmaker took this approach.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2012
The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Tallerico
November 1, 2012
A film that turns a personal story into a commentary on international denial and healing after World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2012
Engrossing doc finds buried bonds between an Israeli family and an important Nazi.
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Ronnie Scheib
November 1, 2012
This fascinating docu should easily attract crossover auds, and merits arthouse exposure.
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
November 1, 2012
Watching Goldfinger's curiosity be met with different answers to the same questions while his mother absorbs this new side of her own parents proves a fascinating study in family history.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2012
An unsettling look at the generational fallout from the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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