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Shoah Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The effect is relentless and cumulative.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
More than a treatment of a great subject, the film itself is a great achievement in form.