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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    With impressive clarity and sweep, The Rape of Europa recounts the Nazi theft and destruction of European art and architecture. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Throughout the film its makers pose the question of whether saving a work of art is as important as saving a human life. The question is not answered, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Yet Europa movingly shows how for many, art and artifacts are living things. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A veteran who was in the Allied force trying to drive Germans out of a landmark Italian monastery asks, "What is more important, a great piece of art or a human life?" That it has taken more than 60 years to get this incredible story told answers the question. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This gripping documentary sheds light on the frightening totality of Hitler's vision for a Germanic Europe, and the extent to which he and his Nazi thugs were no better than common thieves. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A startling documentary. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It’s absorbing. The world came perilously close to losing so many Rembrandts, so many Klimts. The cultural casualties, near and actual, may be dwarfed by the millions slaughtered in the same churn of history. But we are what we create, and when emblems of a civilization are reduced to pawns of wartime, there is no victor. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Here the result is often disjointed and frustrating. That 2,000 people lived in the cellars of the Hermitage during the siege of Leningrad is certainly remarkable but not altogether germane to the fate of art during the war. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Uninspired in style, and Joan Allen's narration is dry. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    The film is somewhat scattered in construction, but it's an eye-opener. show more

  • 83
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    With Joan Allen bringing a crisp intelligence to the sharp, unsentimental narration, it's both awful and fascinating to follow Hitler's warped growth from frustrated painter to self-appointed arbiter of Germanic art. show more

  • May 22, 2008 glofaust
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    Words cannot describe this documentary. The amount of art that was pillaged by the Nazis is astounding. The old film footage and photographs provide proof for those that may have any doubt. Even if you are not into art, this is a MUST see film!

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