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Paper Clips Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2005
For the documentary to shift credit to the paper-clip project as a reason for receiving the speakers is tantamount to fraud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Cornelius
October 27, 2005
Who knew a movie that seeks to remind us of one of the greatest horrors in human history could be so unintentionally hilarious?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Sobczynski
February 28, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Arthur Lazere
November 28, 2004
A worthwhile record of an admirable undertaking, but a little less sentiment and a little more edge might have produced a stronger film.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 24, 2004
This film of middle school students who managed to create a Holocaust memorial is so self-congratulatory it tugs against the gravity of the Holocaust itself.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 13, 2005
Has powerful moments, mostly courtesy of the Holocaust survivors, but the interviews and narration sound overly coached, and...the film is given to repetitive overstatement.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 26, 2005
The Tennessee middle school's story is worth hearing, but rather than a feature-length documentary, it's best suited as a short TV newsmagazine package.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 23, 2004
Nothing more sophisticated than a cheery newsmagazine segment with a seriously confused point of view and no desire to engage the audience honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
The story becomes more about the collection of the paper clips and less and less about what the paper clips represent.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2005
Symbolism is hard to swallow, and it's near impossible to relate to these paper clips as souls, especially when they are talked about in terms of collecting and counting and displaying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
October 14, 2006
Interesting and frequently moving documentary but it misses several opportunities to widen the scope and make some important points.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 25, 2005
Paper Clips is a nice social interest project, but not much of a documentary.
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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 5, 2005
Somebody forgot to tell Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab that a noble cause does not a movie make.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 6, 2005
Certainly not the tribute these kids and adults deserve.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 6, 2005
It would be easier to forgive first-timers Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab for their offenses against good documentary filmmaking if they weren't messing up such sure-fire material.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
You have to be a pretty cynical not to be a little moved.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 27, 2005
Documentaries do not rise or fall on their production values ...
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2005
Not a sophisticated or very challenging film, nor should it be. It is straightforward, heartfelt and genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 24, 2004
There is something quite heartening about watching these kids earnestly guide others around their memorial, which was four years in the making.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 23, 2004
This is an illuminating and moving film, not about the Holocaust so much as it is about compassion, learning, respect, and change, essential viewing for families.
| Original Score: B+
Beth McArthur
Georgia Straight
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
August 5, 2006
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AV Club
December 2, 2004

Boston Phoenix
December 18, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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