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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2007
Once the film gets mired in specifics, it begins to seem like any other Holocaust documentary and loses the sense of relevance and engagement with the now that at first makes it so intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
September 18, 2007
The film eventually becomes one long therapy session for the German nation as it struggles to understand how its brave and good soldiers could have done such bad, bad things.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
September 13, 2007
It is a painful but important subject, to be certain, but the film dilutes its own effectiveness by devolving into a collection of talking heads who often seem to be repeating each other.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 10, 2007
Is such footage appropriate to the big-screen environment of the cinema?
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 7, 2007
German director Michael Verhoeven returns to his country's Nazi past with this searing documentary about the aftershocks of a controversial museum exhibition that rattled the conscience of a nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2007
Structurally, the film itself is a pristine example of levelheaded journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
September 6, 2007
Much too much weight for a 97-minute film to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 6, 2007
As Verhoeven's film makes clear, many thousands of surviving German veterans, along with a disturbing quotient of their children and grandchildren, are much too eager to make excuses.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 6, 2007
Even if you've watched archival evidence of the Holocaust before, anyone with a soul and a functioning conscience intact ought to brace yourself to be sickened afresh by this nauseating, if necessary, reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Never again!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 28, 2007
Another apt title for Michael Verhoeven's new film could be It's All True.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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