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The Flat Reviews

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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
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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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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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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 15, 2012
"The Flat" is a compelling tale of history made personal, and of what happens when light is shone on something previously murky.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2012
The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2012
Engrossing doc finds buried bonds between an Israeli family and an important Nazi.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
November 1, 2012
This fascinating docu should easily attract crossover auds, and merits arthouse exposure.
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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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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