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No Place On Earth Reviews

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Lily Janiak
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
Unfortunately, the telling, by director Janet Tobias, is no match for the story.
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
April 2, 2013
A remarkable story made almost unremarkable in the hands of lazy filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
May 3, 2013
None of my formal quibbles is meant to make light of this heroic story. Indeed, some chronicle is better than no chronicle, but the past exists only in the retelling; how history is written is as important as the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2013
The movie is engaging but appallingly superficial when it considers the larger history of the Holocaust.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2013
There's a great book there, but "No Place on Earth" director Janet Tobias chose to fill the gaps in the story with lengthy, indifferently acted "re-creations" that lead us to question how much of what we're seeing is true and how much is fictionalized.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 5, 2013
The film mixes emotional accounts by proud survivors from two families with foreign-language re-enactments that are perhaps too faithfully murky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
April 3, 2013
This story is both uplifting and awe-inspiring. It deserves to be told better.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 2, 2013
[A] fascinating but frustrating documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cameron McAllister
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2013
In No Place on Earth, director Janet Tobias explores this profound discovery, shedding light on a incredible story of endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 26, 2013
The producer's hand is heavy in No Place on Earth, but it ultimately can't sink the inspiring tale of endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
April 5, 2013
Just when you thought you'd seen the horror of the Holocaust from every perspective, this somber but ultimately uplifting true story of survival takes you to a whole new place-literally underground.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 5, 2013
The film is built from moving, frank interviews with survivors from two families who hid, speaking over and around extensive re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
May 2, 2013
It is joyous to see these people, then children, now old, in natural light, and it is extraordinary to see them return to the cave that sheltered them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 23, 2013
A well-crafted documentary variation on "Defiance," Ukrainian Jews saving themselves by going underground -- literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 4, 2013
No Place On Earth mixes present-day interviews with re-enactments that illustrate the speakers' words without adding much to them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2013
The story told by Janet Tobias' documentary "No Place on Earth" is enough to transcend the film's limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
April 5, 2013
Curious mystery unfolds with enthralling suspense amidst harrowing details and astonishes in this unique story that's an insightful tribute to the power and spirit of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
March 29, 2013
Sheds light on a larger inquiry delving into the human psyche, and why some people succumb to fate while others go to extremes to resist and survive. Along with insights into courage versus fear and collaboration among spectators of the victimized.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 13, 2013
This is a nearly forgotten chapter of Holocaust history brought back to life by this documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 27, 2013
It plays out as a unique real-life adventure Holocaust story, that touches the heart strings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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