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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Is something being hidden? No. It's more that something doesn't want to be known. show more

  • 88
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    A quietly brilliant study in cognitive dissonance, The Flat is a documentary look at Holocaust denial, but not the kind you might think. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass. He doesn't seem at all happy with that luxury. It's a burden by a more extravagant name. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The Flat details his efforts to understand this unusual situation, and although the film suggests that his relatives may have maintained this odd friendship as a denial of their homeland's betrayals, there's only so deep Goldfinger can dig. show more

  • 91
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead. show more

  • April 18, 2013 crkeck
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    you r all nazis

  • March 20, 2013 iwanttousebob
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    Too many Jews.

  • January 17, 2013 Bev
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    breathtaking, the film was predictable - the silence between generations - and the pain within - during and post discovery of the mysteries of the past - and who was present - and who was present while in mental, emotional absentia. difficult to watch unfold; what a waste of all still \'absent\'

  • November 30, 2012 archedes
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    alelis1240 - In answer to your question, no the world does not think the Jews were the only ones who suffered during WWII. But they were singled out as a race for the most vile cruel treatment in an effort to annihilate them as part of Hitler\'s plans to have a pure Aryan race take over the world. If you feel Stalin\'s treatment of those killed in Siberia warrants a movie, I suggest you make one. We will all be happy to review with the same attitude with which you reviewed this one.

  • November 23, 2012 Larry Kuznick
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    It is a film about one family\'s discovery of their grandparents. The reviewer above pouring vitriol on the film because it is not about the millions killed by Stalin has no charity in his heart. The film is an intensely personal document. Some other family could do the same about their history, one does not cancel the other out. Furthermore, the above reviewer should keep in mind that virtually all the Jews in Europe were murdered, there is no more Jewish culture there and essentially no more Jews. That was the aim of the murderers. Stalin\'s murders did not extinguish Russian life.

  • November 16, 2012 Kathy
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    Totally sucked. I could not follow it as they just kept talking and talking, trying to push a point so this guy could get his film made. I agree with alelis1230. The jews did suffer tremendously however MANY MANY people suffered during World War 2 and all you hear about is how the jewish people suffered. It is horrific what happened to the jewish people. this is story that gets told over and over. SO many people endured much hardship. My aunt who was in Germany during WW 2 was just a teenanger and was sent away from her family to work long hard hours to support the war effort. Polish people suffered tremendously. I AGREE with alelis1230!!!!

  • November 05, 2012 MargaretOpine
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    I WAS THE ONLY ODD ONE IN THE THEATER...and I find viewing (foreign) films, films that are scored in other world realities (and all realities created by humans are exclusionary) so while real life happened to a lot of people in Germany and people from all walks of life and ethnicity, what we hear most about is what happen to the Jewish people. But even so, I find it an interesting undertaking to go and hang out around Jewish sentimentality presentations in theaters and in books to actually realize how things happen to people and how they interpret them or establish an interpretation of what happened. THE FLAT is about making a discovery and then deciding how that discovery will be interpreted, as a legacy, by those left behind. Well, my interpretation of their interpretation is that you would have had to be there in the war as a Jew, an aristocratic and highly social Jew, to understand what Grandmother and Papa were going through and why they (seem) to behave the way they did. During that period you don\'t know what people were doing and why they were doing it. All you can do is interpret it now but what if you were there; what if your entire world was turned upside down in a day? What if you knew people as your friends or acquaintances and what you did or said seem to get you through the next day, in fact, for the rest of your life. YOU MADE IT while other prerished. You garnered your survival somehow. Maybe you didn\'t care about anybody else but yourself so you played the game of life and it just happen to come out in your favor but then you die and your grandson is looking through your things judging you so many years later...and by what yarn? His idealism?Does he have any idea what it was like in Germany in that period? I sat in the movie theater realized that I was looking at a story about some people who c/ be called \"outright selfish\"; they did whatever they had to do to protect themselves & live, however they lived. There appeared to be a deep dark secret among Grandmother\'s things but nobody in this large family really cared. Just one grandson is interested in the details and he takes his mother along on his Odyssey into the past. I picked up on it right away but then he said it himself, the grandson did: THAT THE SURVIVORS AND THEIR CHILDREN BASICALLY LIVED IN THE PRESENT IN THEIR LIVES AFTER THE WAR. THEY DON\'T CONSIDER, THEY TRY NOT TO CONSIDER THE PAST AND THINK LIGHT OF THE FUTURE (maybe because they\'ve learned each day is not guaranteed in life), and so, though he thought family would want to look around in the tons of stuff in Grandmother\'s home most of the relatives were not interested but a few did love all the old jewelry letters receipts diaries and papers and tons of books of all kind that seemed so outdated but they\'re not. They are not. The world can still turn upside down in one day, just one day, and it will happen over an idea that somebody wants to be an ideal and the new concept for reality!--MO

  • November 02, 2012 alelis1230
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    Does the world really think the Jews are the only ones who suffered during World War 2? Is anyone even remotely aware of Stalin\'s horrors as he exhiled millions to Siberia? Look up the statistics.Stop the ignorance. Stalin killed more people by far, yet there have never been any movies about Siberia?!

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