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La Rafle Reviews

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March 21, 2016
A viewer who knew nothing of the true events of World War II would think there was a guardian angel that looked out for sweet young children. If you find that proposition more than a little infuriating, then you'd be wise to skip this film.
June 12, 2014
Director Rose Bosch's intentions seem genuine, but her dramatizations frequently undermine the horrific real-life events on which they're based.
March 14, 2013
A somber, flat, occasionally moving reminder of one of France's darkest moments
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 16, 2013
Realistically brings to the screen. . .as visceral, powerful, and ever more awful scenes. . . but the larger historical context comes across as stiff educational recreations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
November 20, 2012
It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened.
November 15, 2012
A well-meaning but inexpertly dramatized account of the roundup of 13,000 Parisian Jews in the summer of 1942.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2012
The utter hopelessness experienced by European Jewry is never hinted at, and in its way this betrays the Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2012
Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of Inglourious Basterds farce ...
November 13, 2012
The movie succeeds in generating only mild outrage, tempered by impeccable tastefulness and the safe distance of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2012
Sentimentality may make the movie's agony more digestible, but its darkness resists any glossing over of what isn't only France's, but Europe's painful legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2012
This is the second film by the writer-director Rose Bosch, and we very soon sense her surety, her confidence in her ingenuity, which gives virtually every shot the feeling that it has been made the best way possible.
August 23, 2012
A Holocaust 101 film that focuses on the roundup of French Jews in 1942 from a child's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 9, 2012
There are two halves to "La Rafle."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 23, 2012
Turning one of the darkest moments in modern French history into syrupy historical drama, writer-director Rose Bosch's The Round Up is a polished, pathos-driven re-creation of the Vichy regime's mass imprisonment and disposal of 13,000 Parisian Jews.
December 22, 2011
'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2011
Writer-director Rose Bosch is working in unabashed historical epic mode here, balancing individual stories with grand-scale awfulness effectively. She never swerves for cheap sentiment, she just lays it all out.
July 22, 2011
Horrors of War Revisited in French 'La Rafle'
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2011
A big, sorrowful, dramatically trite period epic about a bleak chapter in the history of modern France.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2011
Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2011
It's a useful primer on this period of French history, but isn't much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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