Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)

The meteoric emotional and intellectual development of Hungarian Jewish poet Hannah Senesh coincided neatly with the rapid-fire rise of anti-Semitic racial hostilities throughout Europe during WWII -- thus predestining Hannah for the life… More

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Release Date: April 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Intent on seeing Senesh as a symbol of hope and resistance, Blessed Is the Match is content to focus on the tragic legend that her life became.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

In a way, the dry tone fits.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(The film) goes beyond the symbol to find the flesh and blood woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her people.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Roberta Grossman's film gracefully integrates tasteful re-enactments into a straight-up documentary approach, but, deliberately steers away from the more interesting questions of Senesh's character ...

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Blessed Is the Match tells us just about everything we might want to know about her -- except why she did what she did.

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Maitland McDonagh
Time Out New York

Using archival footage, interviews and actors, writer Sophie Sartain and director Roberta Grossman celebrate Senesh's fierce courage without idealizing her.

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Phil Hall
IdentityTheory

An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A compelling documentary that told the story of Hannah Senesh, a young, idealistic Jewish woman and poet who returns to Hungary from Israel in the final days of… More
Walter M.
"Blessed Is the Match" is a partially rewarding documentary about the life and times of Hannah Senesh who was raised in Budapest before emigrating to… More