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The Flat Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
A spellbinding documentary about family secrets ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 26, 2012
Who lied or who hid the truth?. . .The more and more public facts and private revelations Goldfinger uncovers are tantalizingly confounding and irresistibly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 26, 2012
The Flat is about the persistence of denial, and of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 26, 2012
A fascinating and sensitive examination of Jewish-Nazi collaboration, generational amnesia and the delicate construction of the thing we call history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2012
It tells an out-of-the-ordinary personal story and examines broad historical issues of societal memory and selective amnesia, of what is hidden between generations and what is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 18, 2012
A film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2012
Goes from intriguing to astonishing by way of unfathomable.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 18, 2012
Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
October 16, 2012
In families, this fascinating film suggests, acknowledging or denying the darker truths of one's legacy is a choice that must be made again and again, each and every day.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
October 16, 2012
There's only so deep Goldfinger can dig. After a while, he's left unearthing nothing but fitfully fascinating speculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 14, 2012
Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 10, 2012
A superbly edited doc about an unusual relationship between a Jewish woman and a German SS officer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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