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Shoah Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
January 9, 2015
Its riveting nine hours are perhaps the most important piece of historical cinema we possess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2014
With his 9 1/2-hour Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has accomplished the seemingly impossible: He has brought such beauty to his recounting of the horror of the Holocaust that he has made it accessible and comprehensible.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 3, 2014
By straightforwardly presenting interviews with people who lived through the Holocaust, Lanzmann makes it real again. Even more impressively, he helps us to see how the horror could have happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 3, 2014
Lanzmann`s monumental film bears significant witness to the Holocaust. Those who see it will never forget it.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 3, 2014
Shoah is the greatest use of film in motion picture history, taking movies to their highest moral value. For what director/interviewer Lanzmann has done on film is nothing less than revive history, a history so ugly that many would prefer to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 3, 2014
Putting a face on inhuman misery, this remarkable achievement demonstrates film's unique power and its underperformed duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 11, 2013
a magnificently disquieting experience--a harrowing descent into the depths of humanity's potential for unmitigated brutality, cruelty, and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 19, 2012
[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
July 15, 2011
It's brilliantly conceived; it's intolerable. It is the indispensable film of any year when it appears.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 20, 2011
Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 14, 2011
the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.

TV Guide
January 14, 2011
To see these places and events described by the voices and faces of those who lived through them is immensely important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
At a time when the few remaining witnesses to the Holocaust are passing away, Shoah more than ever stands as a necessary experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 23, 2010
takes to task largely accepted concepts of what is known, what can be imagined, and how people relate to Hitler's mass extermination with an unrivaled formal insight.
| Original Score: 5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
December 8, 2010
Lanzmann slowly, cumulatively colors in a vast canvas on mass murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 6, 2010
Viewing "Shoah" today proves that the Holocaust is not a discrete event, but rather an ongoing public narrative in which the movie continues to play a crucial part.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 17, 2009
'Shoah' is difficult to watch, but few other films match its consideration of unspeakable evil and indifference.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 27, 2008
The chief success of the film...is to remove the Holocaust from its comfortably horrifying place in history, and restore a human face to the atrocities.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 3, 2007
In his seminal Holocaust documentary, which runs over 9 hours, Lanzmann doesn't use archival footage, only interviews with survivors and Nazi officers. He does something fascinating, placing his aggressive presence center-stage, not to be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The effect is relentless and cumulative.
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