Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII Reviews

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June 18, 2003
It only forestalls its proper discovery by a wide, appreciative audience on a PBS channel.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2003
Not among the best documentaries of its genre.
May 16, 2003
Slesin's presentation is conventional and uninspired (lots of boring talking heads).
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2003
Even the 'good' Holocaust stories are chased by heartbreak, as we learn from this straight-ahead documentary about the tiny minority of 'righteous gentiles' all over Europe who risked their lives by hiding Jewish children under the noses of the Nazis.
June 23, 2003
Fascinating, full of touching stories and stirring sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 14, 2003
A ringing testament to courage and human decency in the face of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 2, 2003
..has many moving moments and showcases a diversity of reactions from both the hidden and the hiders. The archival footage, still photograph, talking head approach becomes repetitive, however, making the documentary, at 72 minutes running time, feel padd
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 8, 2003
["Secret Lives"] is scheduled for a short theatrical run but is better suited for the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 4, 2003
This is still a unique testament to the brave men and women who chose to extend a helping hand instead of turning a blind eye.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 10, 2003
Sometimes painful, often joyous, and altogether illuminating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2003
Profoundly sad and uplifting at the same time - you can't help but respond to these stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 19, 2003
It's good to be reminded of the existence of people willing to risk their lives to save someone else. Seeing this short film will reaffirm your faith in humanity.
July 25, 2003
The images seem at first unspectacular, until you realize that this is their value -- as records of normal children leading normal lives in a most abnormal time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2004
Slesin records these difficult and ambiguous circumstances with clear-eyed sobriety, yet in the end her film remains a testimonial to human goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 15, 2006
Slesin, who's already won an Oscar for her documentary, "Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and The Legend of the Algonquin Round Table," should at least be racking up another nomination with this sterling effort.
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May 22, 2003
Although it isn't very original in style, this heartfelt account is always instructive and frequently very touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2003
Slesin's film is a profound meditation on the resilience of children -- their ability to take sustenance from whatever love is available -- and on the persistent presence of the child hidden within each grown-up.
May 15, 2003
Clear-eyed and unsentimental, the film nevertheless serves as a powerful tribute to a group of heroes who gave those they saved something nearly as valuable as life: proof that the best of the human spirit can endure even through the worst of times.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2003
Complex and moving.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2003
As well as being deeply emotional, these stories are extremely complex -- and some are heartbreaking.
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