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Where Hands Touch is noteworthy for its exploration of a little-discussed corner of World War II, even if its story leaves something to be desired in the telling.
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| Top Critics (7)
| Fresh (13)
| Rotten (17)
Where Hands Touch is a coming of age story, a saga of war, and a heart-rending love story about a forbidden romance that defied the odds against survival in a living hell.
Asante usually excels at sharing stories audiences haven't seen before, so it's unfortunate that this one feels so dully familiar.
A gut-wrenching misfire.
When the complex, humanizing portrayal of Nazi characters and SS soldiers enter the picture, good intentions do derail fast, leading to disturbing outcomes.
Throughout, Asante raises questions about bravery, conscience and, most of all, identity.
Stenberg carries the magnetism she brought to her breakthrough role in the YA romance "Everything, Everything," but she's betrayed by a stilted rendering of a rarely illuminated piece of history.
With such a film as Where Hands Touch, and with the times we are living in, with the alt-right being validated by our current president, the film would have made a much stronger point if it focused on biracial Germans without a Nazi love interest.
While not hitting the heights it could have, Where Hands Touch is a reminder that there are plenty of stories from this era that have yet to be told.
... provides mild insight into an obscure aspect of the war, although its heartfelt intentions ring hollow amid an abundance of sentimentality.
Where Hands Touch is unfortunately as problematic as we assumed; the questions it raises about national vs. cultural identity didn't need a Nazi romance to be resonant.
Asante focuses our attention on yet another story of the Black experience and she accomplishes what she sets out to do. Where Hands Touch is an important and beautiful film.
Where Hands Touch is a waste of solid acting by Amandla Stenberg, and time for its viewers. Asante's attempt to make Nazi characters appear sympathetic is a perfect example of not reading the room, especially in this contentious time in our country.
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