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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Although the story is told with narration rather than dialogue, Tobias relies too much on reconstruction. A more inventive melding of documentary and docudrama would have benefited the film, whose most moving scenes all involve real members of the families. A bit more historical and geographic context would also be useful. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The film is built from moving, frank interviews with survivors from two families who hid, speaking over and around extensive re-enactments. Passages from the memoir of one family matriarch, Esther Stermer, in many ways the heroine of the tale, also are used as narration. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    A well-crafted documentary variation on "Defiance," Ukrainian Jews saving themselves by going underground -- literally. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The first-person remembrances hit you where you live, while everything else (including a bland musical score by John Piscitello) often creates the opposite of the intended effect: It keeps you at arm's length from an extraordinary story. show more

  • 50
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    The film indulges in sentimental and sensational tropes. The manipulative touches do more than distract, they irk. This story could have been retold without resorting to all the unfortunate formulas used in prime-time and cable fare. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Fascinating but frustrating. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    A remarkable story made almost unremarkable in the hands of lazy filmmaking. show more

  • 60
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    This story is both uplifting and awe-inspiring. It deserves to be told better. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    Some chronicle is better than no chronicle, but the past exists only in the retelling; how history is written is as important as the story itself. Don’t these survivors deserve better? show more

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