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La Rafle Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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.
Don Groves
May 3, 2011
Histrionics and cliches mar harrowing, true-life WWII saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 12, 2011
I can't say I'm too comfortable with the hero kid in a holocaust drama (Hugo Leverdez) being a blond-haired, blue-eyed Master-race Child.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 4, 2011
For Bosch this was obviously a story she had to tell; it's a pity she has told it with what at times is a heavy hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 4, 2011
An incongruously glossy production design and some ungainly performances from experienced leads such as Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent put a further drain on The Round Up's reserves of goodwill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stan Hall
August 9, 2012
There are two halves to "La Rafle."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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 ...
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John Anderson
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2011
It is a paint-by-numbers Holocaust movie, scrupulously balanced, always cautious, occasionally clichéd, often sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Anderson
April 20, 2011
In her efforts to compel French viewers to confront a very ugly moment in their history, Bosch doesn't leave time to develop her characters or their individual stories beyond the most cursory strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post
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.
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
A somber, flat, occasionally moving reminder of one of France's darkest moments
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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November 20, 2012
It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened.
Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine
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
Priscilla Eyles
Little White Lies
June 16, 2011
Stays in the mind for days afterwards and does justice to a difficult story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
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
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