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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
An electrifying essay on film's ability to falsify history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
Filmmaker Yael Hersonski reshapes the impossibly vile and tragic source material into a devastating record of Nazi criminality.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 2, 2010
Yael Hersonski's documentary is infuriating, heartbreaking, devastating -- and scary. It depicts a lie upon a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
Yael Hersonski's A Film Unfinished reclaims history, teaches a lesson about the reliability of images and raises unanswerable questions about complicity.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2010
A remarkable new documentary that reminds us of film's inherent capacity for lying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
A Film Unfinished reminds you that the nightmare of the Holocaust knows no limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 14, 2010
Discovered after the war, the film contains horrific images of starvation, poverty and humiliation, interspersed with surreal scenes of well-dressed Jews enjoying a restaurant dinner or an urban stroll.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2010
A Film Unfinished is a profoundly unnerving historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2010
What we are left with is perhaps one of the most disturbing 60 minutes of raw footage ever put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2010
The result is a harrowing, unsettling journey -- a terribly moving document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2010
A Film Unfinished may not be the strangest making-of documentary you've ever seen. It may, however, be the most affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 23, 2010
Hersonski not only dispels the big lie at the center of the Nazi footage but she ingeniously separates and identifies the many smaller lies and where they entwined with facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 10, 2010
It is a privileged experience to watch A Film Unfinished. There is no other historical document like it but, of course, its lasting value is as a human document.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 19, 2010
A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 19, 2010
There is only about an hour of it, but around it filmmaker Yael Hersonski has built a striking feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 19, 2010
Extremely unsettling and thought- provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 18, 2010
It will test your faith in humanity, but Hersonski's film is nonetheless a brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 18, 2010
Moving, mysterious and intellectually provocative, A Film Unfinished positions familiar Holocaust horrors (the R rating was unsuccessfully contested) within a philosophical commentary on the way we view images.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
August 17, 2010
The artificial look of the added footage, counterpointed by the commentary of inmates and survivors, only underscores the unending shock of the film's unadulterated images, even though we have seen them in other Shoah documentaries.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2010
It becomes a meditation on the dual nature of film, on a "reality" at once true and false, essential and tainted.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from ''reality''; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Harrowing Nazi footage of the Warsaw ghetto is made to reveal more than its makers intended in this historically invaluable doc.