The Devil's Arithmetic


The Devil's Arithmetic

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Kirsten Dunst stars in this drama as a Jewish teenager who doesn't care much about her family's religious heritage until she's transported back in time to Poland in 1941, where she learns a valuable lesson about the struggles of her family -- and her people.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
    Very moving. Well acted. Great message.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2012
    Alternate title: "And This Is Why It's Important to Be a Good Little Jewish Girl." I know, I know, the film was based on a novel for children, so some simplification can't be avoided, and it was made for TV, which doesn't help. As a movie that was shot in Toronto and in Vilnius, Lithuania (where I spent part of the summer of 2011, and learned a lot about Jewish Lithuanian history), I almost wish I had paid money for it, but it was so bad, I'm glad that I didn't. To yoke Passover and the Holocaust in this way feels cheap, and the heavy-handedness makes it virtually unwatchable. Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy are head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, talent-wise, though Murphy's performance (and accent) wavers from good to horribly over-acted and back a few times before the film ends. A well-intentioned film that, if not for its clunky explanatory frame and its clichéd, brutally-written middle, might have been worth watching; as it is, though, it's highly skippable.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2011
    I remember seeing this long time ago,I got really touth of it..some say it,s bad but I say give it a chans.The Wizard of Oz meets Schindler's List in this haunting Holocaust film executive-produced by Dustin Hoffman and Mimi Rogers. Kirsten Dunst stars in The Devil's Arithmetic as a flippant modern-day teen more interested in passing notes in history class than learning of the horrors her relatives endured during the Nazis' reign of terror. She finds out firsthand when she's mysteriously transported to WWII-era Poland and promptly carted off to a concentration camp. The usually brittle Dunst redeems herself nicely, and Arithmetic boasts a number of horrifyingly unforgettable images: an imprisoned mother trying desperately to hide her newborn from the Nazis, and an aging rabbi watching as his son is hung after an attempted escape.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    dunst plays a spoilt american girl in 90s america, not getting or disrespecting the jewish part of her family, when talking about the past, with no explanation, shes transported back to the time of a round up of jewish, and put into camps, here she realises the inportance of it all, and her aragant modern attitude, a film aimed at the young, with the device they used, and for that it works, dunst, and especially brittany murthy do well with what they have, a typical tv movie of the week, which it was
    scott g Super Reviewer

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