The Rape of Europa - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rape of Europa Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
[C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
October 16, 2008
Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII.
Kam Williams
September 22, 2008
A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Denver Post
August 15, 2008
That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 6, 2008
A sometimes intriguing, sometimes maddening essay in the realm of informational overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Beth Accomando
June 20, 2008
The Rape of Europa boasts a strong narration by Joan Allen as it explores a less familiar aspect of World War II and the legacy left by the Nazis.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 30, 2008
The Rape of Europa is conventionally made, but it doesn't need cinematic sizzle because it's packed with so many fascinating factoids.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2008
The Rape of Europa, an engrossing film based on Lynn Nicholas' 1995 book of the same name, offers a fascinating new perspective on an era that sometimes seems as if it has no more secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2008
The directors might have benefited by going smaller %u2014 for instance, focusing on two or three pieces of lost artwork and tracing their history. This art documentary simply isn't artful enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 2, 2008
It's a compelling journey into a soul-chilling past that might not be fully sorted out for generations to come.
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 24, 2008
Its lack of both style and focus keeps it from being a success as a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Cuprisin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 11, 2008
The Rape of Europa presents iconic images that viewers who aren't schooled in European art will recognize. That's a good way to connect with the film and understand the enormity of the pillage by Hitler and his cronies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 4, 2008
The movie's three directors sap the drama out of the story with slow pacing, a dispassionate accumulation of facts and a too-dry narration by Joan Allen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
March 28, 2008
Narrated by Joan Allen, the film is a remarkably comprehensive look at the cultural destruction that accompanied the slaughter.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 6, 2008
It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2008
This is a vast subject, ideally suited to a series of films. It's at its most moving when focusing on the small stories of individual artworks taken from their owners and restored to the families decades later.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 8, 2008
(T)his dense, dynamic documentary... takes on the high drama and difficult moral quandaries of Adolf Hitler's campaign to plunder the great artworks of Europe...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 1, 2008
As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
January 25, 2008
There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
Filmmakers Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham do a superb job of telling this neglected story in vivid detail.
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