Ghetto (2002)

In the late 1930s, as the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe and the fate of Germany's Jewish population began to look increasingly grim, many Jews began seeking refuge wherever they could find it. However, with Europe no longer safe… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Explores a little-known piece of Holocaust history, weaving together stories of overlapping cultures and their coexistence under the pretext of a war to create a touching and unusual narrative.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Even if it offers nothing cinematic, the story alone is important, and interesting, enough to warrant seeing.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is a worthy addition to the vast catalogue of Holocaust cinema but too narrowly focused on the experiences of the refugees, to the exclusion of Chinese and Japanese sources.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A worthy educational reminder of how many strange stories grew out of the Holocaust experience.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The mix of such fascinating events with the memories of those who endured them is undeniably compelling, even if much of what's described here has been described for decades.

Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

Shanghai Ghetto, much stranger than any fiction, brings this unknown slice of history affectingly to life.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

A sad but inspirational story that needs to be told and should be seen.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Fairly artless even by the standards of talking-heads documentaries, Shanghai Ghetto still proves fascinating.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

A documentary that is stirring and enlightening.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's too bad that the picture lacks a clear narrative thread and, ultimately, much of a point besides telling a weird little story in an overly familiar sort of way.

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