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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The stories are harrowing, and because they are delivered by living, breathing witnesses, they move us in deep ways that the archival footage, for all its horror, cannot. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It is the devastating testimony from survivors themselves that leaves the most indelible impression. show more

  • 90
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Not only is the film a powerful historical record and a warning for future generations, it is an essential reminder to people, including many in Japan today, who might deny that this massacre ever occurred. As such, Nanking honors the highest calling of documentary filmmaking. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    What Guttentag and Sturman gain in dramatic immediacy, however, they lose when it comes to historical context, and the chance to offer insight into why such things occur in the first place -- and continue to happen today -- is lost. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Thorough and sadly engrossing documentary. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Whatever the numbers, testimony cited in Nanking portrays the episode as a horrifying chapter in man’s renowned inhumanity to man. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Everyone knows about the Holocaust, but few today have heard about what was infamous as the Rape of Nanking, when 200,000 residents of what was then China's capital were massacred by invading Japanese troops. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    While at times the film begins to feel like a laundry list of bad deeds, the first-person accounts pack a wallop. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The first-person recollections of Nanking’s survivors are as uncommonly wrenching as their captors were brutally thorough. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Nanking, a carefully nonpunitive documentary of remembrance, is emotionally draining, as it should be, but it's also overstructured, as it needn't be; the actors are intrusive in a story that isn't theirs. show more

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