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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
Brent Simon
November 13, 2012
An earnest and deeply personal exhumation of proverbial skeletons in the family closet, The Flat is damned by its own incuriosity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 8, 2012
Once the facts have been presented, the film begins to run out of steam and one is only left to question why the filmmaker took this approach.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 7, 2012
Arnon's filmmaking is flaccid, with TV-style interviews and rote reaction shots in place of cinematic imagery and deftly edited surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
November 1, 2012
Watching Goldfinger's curiosity be met with different answers to the same questions while his mother absorbs this new side of her own parents proves a fascinating study in family history.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
It's a mesmerizing detective story ...with an oddly uplifting ending that suggests a commonality of the human spirit that supersedes ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2012
Goes from intriguing to astonishing by way of unfathomable.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
A grim historical detective story indeed.
Nora Lee Mandel
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2012
An unsettling look at the generational fallout from the Holocaust.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
November 1, 2012
A film that turns a personal story into a commentary on international denial and healing after World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2012
Since there's no big payoff, the family drama documentary fizzles in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
'The Flat' has a strange staying power that the objects in the apartment didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
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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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 22, 2012
Are things better left alone or is revealing all always the best path? "The Flat," to its credit, offers nothing like a definitive answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2012
I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 29, 2012
There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
November 1, 2012
This fascinating docu should easily attract crossover auds, and merits arthouse exposure.
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