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May 17, 2016
No critic reviews for Masterpiece Theatre's "God on Trial" on Rotten Tomatoes? Is this a mistake? Or is this media fear of controversial questions? I recommend this film based on a book by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Done like a play, an intense sense of history in a shed at Auschwitz. Cover your heads.
March 20, 2016
A brilliant film with a powerful message.
½ January 7, 2016
Un grupo de prisioneros judíos ponen a juicio a quién consideran responsable de tenerlos en un campo de concentración, Dios. La sola premisa de la cinta es suficiente para despertar la curiosidad de la gente por verla y luego viene el caso de que los diálogos son excelentes y las actuaciones suficientes, tal vez se gastaron quince pesos en la decoración de sets y fotografía pero eso no importa en verdad cuando se tiene tan buen libreto y personajes.
May 22, 2015
The question of "is there a god?" has plagued humanity sense we first were able to think such thoughts. During the coarse of history, the god of the Jews supposedly watched over his people, delivering them from their enemies and rescuing them from their iniquities. It only makes sense that his people would question him during one of the greatest atrocities of mankind. "God On Trial" is a television film directed by Andy de Emmony. The cast includes; Rupert Graves, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgård, and Stephen Dillane.

During WWII, six million Jews were slaughtered by the command of Adolf Hitler. A group of Jews are transported to Auschwitz, where they will undergo a death sentence. Waiting for the inevitable, one young Jew asks the question, "where is our God?" It is an obvious question, one that any normal human being would ask. The Jews were given a covenant by their god long ago, that he would always keep them safe and deliver them. Chaos soon ensues. Several of the elder Jews call out, "blasphemy!" In order to resolve their doubts, the men decide to hold a trial. They put god on trial.

As with any Masterpiece Classic, the performances are top notch. Everyone gives a masterful, powerful performance. Stellan Skarsgård leads the trial, Stephen Dillane and Rupert Graves on either side. Witnesses are called, stories are told. Among the crowd are deeply religious, and some are non-believers. Rabbi's, physicists, and even a non Jew come together to put god on trial. Aside from the great performances, the film is beautifully shot an well made. It briefly shows you a glimpse of the horrors of Auschwitz. It was a cruel place, full of suffering and misery.

The film isn't really about arguing for the existence of a god. In the end, god is pretty much assumed to exist by nearly all of the inmates. The point of the film is: has god kept his covenant, and is god good? Many familiar arguments are brought forward. Learned men of the Torah bring forth the stories of god's deliverance of their people. Then the harder propositions are brought forward. Do they deserve punishment? Did they commit a wrong act against their god? Have they sinned? Questions of free will, science, and logic are proposed. The final ten minutes of the film showcase the final verdict. A brilliant speech is given, and they come to a decision.

"God On Trial" is a brilliant film from start to finish. It calls many things into question about god and religion. Many thought provoking questions are raised, and the conclusion is inevitable. The performances are amazing, the script and dialogue are strong, and the direction is sound. This is a must watch for anyone who is interested in these kind of thoughtful films.
½ October 20, 2014
Excellently scripted & acted drama provides insight to Jewish history and faith. Buy it.
January 15, 2014
This is a bold holocaust movie. We see no onscreen deaths. 90% of the movie takes place in one room and it is mostly dialogue. But the weighty theological issues they sift through as they try to make sense of their predicament is powerful. Watch this and enjoy the discussions that necessarily will follow.
January 8, 2014
Great movie!!
If you like holocaust related films this is one to check out.
The dialogs are pretty well developed! The arguments both defense and prosecution part are great. I really like the film.
½ August 5, 2013
A truly fascinating "movie", if you can call it that. It's more like being a fly on the wall during an amazing conversation.
The premise is simple. Prisoners in an Auschwitz Camp talk about their situation, and some wonder why god has forsaken them. They end up holding a "trial" of sorts, with god being accused of breaking the covenant.
Even though the debate is primarily about Jewish people and the Torah, it's really the exact same debate taking place all over the world. Why would a benevolent, all-powerful god allow such horrific things to happen? Especially to his "chosen" people?
I like that the debate included input from all thought processes, from the truly devout, to non-believers.
The background of the death camp, and what we know happens there, adds a sense of urgency to the proceedings
I would recommend this to everyone, as more people should be exposed to the questions asked here, and really should be asking them of their own beliefs.
April 5, 2013
A movie that questions not the existence of God, but of how correct he can be, 'God on Trial' brings to our minds eye a different side of the fateful Holocaust. We often are shown films focussing on the soldiers on bot sides, and many on Hitler himself, but only a handful actually confront the problems faced by the prisoners and their own internal struggles.

With stunning performances by Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, and Rupert Graves, 'God on Trial' is a necessity for anyone who is interested in history of any kind, and also for anyone who likes films. It's a genuinely good film, and a genuinely needed watch.
½ March 4, 2013
An extremely powerful movie. It brings up questions about God ranging from his benevolence and goodness to his very existence. Above and beyond that, it examines the very value of belief apart from the truth of the belief.
½ February 21, 2013
Not to sound cliché, but this is a must-see. Fantastic.
½ February 20, 2013
Sad.... ending left me wondering...
½ June 3, 2012
God is put on trial by a group of Jewish men in the barracks at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Some of the best arguments â?? both for and against the justice and faithfulness of the God of the Old Testament â?? are offered in powerful and emotional appeals. Most viewers will walk away from the film having the same opinion they had when they began, and the creators of the picture must have known that that would be the case, for the film ends on a much more ambiguous note than either side would prefer. A very thought provoking film that poses questions that all monotheists must face.
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2012
Absolutely perfect. Asks all the right questions.
March 9, 2012
A fascinating look on what could be going on in the minds of prisoners at Auschwitz.
½ March 2, 2012
there is no sutch things as gods , stupids (se religulous)
and read all the storys - im speassly amused by the mormons hahaha, and the jews (stupids)and the muslims (stone fom god hahaha ye right)and cristianety - the story goes aroun for the first time 2080 BC!!!!! copycats
½ February 28, 2012
Una interesante reflexión existencial
January 30, 2012
One of the movies that make you wonder.
January 21, 2012
This is one of the most powerful and though provoking drama I have ever seen. Intense and intellectual with humanity and historical perspective. A must for anyone who questions the existence of God or who wonders how Faith can endure. Mary
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