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Fateless Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 6, 2006
There's a great movie in Fateless, but it's the second half of a double-feature. And the first feature is one we've seen before.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 22, 2006
Interest becomes dreariness in this 140 minute fatality of tedious storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2006
We're meant to see the camps with a naive adolescent eye, but director Koltai misjudges his material, and his fastidious paletting and highly orchestrated set-pieces are curiously low-impact; beautiful where they should be beastly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
May 6, 2006
Perhaps the fault lies more with Ennio Morricone's lavish, emotionally bullying music, which cancels out all the reticence and nuance of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 21, 2005
Fateless suggests a new kind of emotionless Holocaust drama--a cannibalistic one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 26, 2006
... a remarkably tough-minded debut by Lajos Koltai ...
Chris Barsanti
January 26, 2006
Fateless is not a necessarily hopeful film, but it's also definitely not a cynical one; it may even be a great one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
In cutting through the conventional cliches of Holocaust presentation to a more singular truth, Gyuri defies viewers to refuse him the license to tell his own story as he himself saw and felt it, rather than as others might prefer him to tell it.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 6, 2006
Profound and majestic.
| Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
"Fateless" is an essential film in the canon of holocaust film because it vividly tracks the specific brand of hatred that torture and genocidal murder inures.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 4, 2006
Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
January 27, 2006
Fateless locates compassion in the worst sort of circumstances, and thus stokes the fire of hope in humanity, which is never a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 5, 2006
A powerful drama about a Hungarian boy's coming-of-age in concentration camps during World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
January 6, 2006
Director Lajos Koltai has taken a few tips from another Holocaust drama, Roman Polanski's The Pianist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 11, 2006
[L]ooks anew at familiar horrors through adolescent eyes, silently voicing the eternal teenage contention that adults are idiots and have hopelessly screwed up the world...
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 15, 2006
This true story takes the monumental suffering of the Holocaust and distills it into the life and survival of one teenaged boy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alan Dale
March 22, 2006
No depiction of the extermination camp experience of an individual has ever been so large; it verges on the ecstatic.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 13, 2006
Lajos Koltai's.. textured re-creation of enduring the unimaginable with quiet delicacy is the most hauntingly beautiful film about the Holocaust ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2006
In a long list of Holocaust films, this sublime one is well-worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 3, 2006
Fateless will be inevitably compared to Schindler's List and especially The Pianist; while no single scene is as harrowing as the strongest moments in either of those movies, it's more sustained than either.
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