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Nanking Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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April 13, 2008
The lesson here is not simply to vilify the Japanese soldiers of that era, but to make sure that we never forget who we are and what our country stands for today.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
February 1, 2008
Sheds light on particular wartime atrocities largely neglected in the collective memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 1, 2008
Nanking doesn't tell us why decency and compassion completely break down from time to time. It just tells us something terribly modern and all too familiar.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 31, 2008
Nanking is grim but ultimately uplifting, a reminder that even in dangerous times, brave individuals can hold the line against barbarism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 17, 2008
Anyone who sees Nanking should know going in what a brutal story it is, but no one should miss it because of a restrictive rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 11, 2008
Nanking does justice to this tragedy even though it makes the mistake of mixing the testimony of actual participants with staged readings from actors subbing for real people.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2008
The filmmakers employ a powerful technique of interspersing newsreel footage with wrenching on-camera interviews of survivors and sequences of actors reciting from the letters and memoirs of the Westerners on the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 10, 2008
I have rarely, if ever, seen a documentary reconstruction of a historical event that is so rich in firsthand (and well-preserved) photographic material.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 14, 2007
A somberly effective look at one of the most shameful events in human history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 13, 2007
Nanking submits yet another reminder, if any more were needed, of how wickedness in the 20th century achieved dimensions previously considered unimaginable -- or unbearable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 13, 2007
Nanking both calls attention to a horrifying set of war crimes that remains little known in the West and crafts an impossible-but-true hymn to the power of the individual conscience.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 12, 2007
Nanking is a swift, incisive documentary about one of the lesser-known horrors of the 20th century.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 12, 2007
[A] powerful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2007
Indispensable, beautifully crafted account of a little-known Japanese massacre.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2007
The personalities it brings to light -- many of whom were forced to remain silent about what they'd seen after returning to their homelands -- are worthy of widespread exposure.