Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Reviews

November 17, 2011
May 1, 2010
(The film) goes beyond the symbol to find the flesh and blood woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her people.
January 11, 2010
An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II.
August 11, 2009
It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short.
April 15, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film is a moving portrait of the heroic Hannah, often referred to as a modern Joan of Arc, but whose story also reminds us of another beloved Holocaust diarist and victim, Anne Frank.
February 6, 2009
Intent on seeing Senesh as a symbol of hope and resistance, Blessed Is the Match is content to focus on the tragic legend that her life became.
February 6, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman.
February 6, 2009
The film makes clear in readings from Hannah Seneh's diaries and poems that her dedication to building a Jewish state has shaped her legacy.
February 5, 2009
Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment.
January 30, 2009
In a way, the dry tone fits.
January 30, 2009
A captivating, inspirational, engrossing and profoundly illuminating experience.
Top Critic
January 30, 2009
Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it.
January 30, 2009
A documentary that pays tribute to an idealistic young woman whose courage enabled her to sacrifice her life while trying to rescue Jews in her native Hungary during World War II.
Top Critic
January 28, 2009
January 25, 2009
Remarkable for bringing a little-known story of one woman's great courage and conviction to our attention but is most notable for director Roberta Grossman's dully strenuous cinematic sense.