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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Rosendahl brings a wonderful innocence and burgeoning sexual awakening to the role, while still evincing inner strength and complexity. In her unconscious attempts to regain her soul, Lore pays the ultimate price as she discovers the stink of who she and her family and her country had become. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The pace is deliberate, verging on slow — Australian filmmakers aren't keen on short takes or quick cuts — but the content is constantly surprising. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    By the end of their arduous journey, Lore and her siblings are changed. But it's the kind of change that will take years, perhaps generations, to understand, to heal. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Australian director Cate Shortland’s straightforward approach to the blinders worn by Hitler Youth creates a disconcerting and eerie film, made even more memorable since it’s seen through the prism of childhood’s end. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The climax Shortland offers us is much harder to take than Seiffert's gentler vision, yet far more evocative of the bitter price paid by the children of the Third Reich for the sins of their parents. show more

  • 100
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Lore belongs in the inspiration-and-control camp. It makes dizzying flourishes out of moments that would pass as filler in other films. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    It’s a remarkable accomplishment. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    I’m not sure Lore holds up to repeated viewings — Shortland’s style is so feverish it could quickly turn precious — but it demands to be seen at least once. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Lore is the sort of movie you’d already expect to rip your heart out, but that doesn’t diminish the tragedy when it does arrive. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    With a child’s perspective on war, Lore deserves comparisons with “Empire of the Sun” and “Hope and Glory,” and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone. show more

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