I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
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I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
Richard Trank's documentary I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal joins Into the Arms of Strangers, The Power of Good, and other recent nonfiction films that reflect on WWII-era individuals emotionally invested in the pursuit of justice. This heart-rending film concerns Wiesenthal, a concentration camp survivor released from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in 1945 on the verge of death from starvation. During his imprisonment, Wiesenthal dreamed of one day re-entering society and establishing himself as an architect, but the atrocities of the camp pointed… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More objective filmmakers might have delved a little deeper and produced something more real."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"The film successfully contextualizes [Wisenthal's] legacy for a new generation."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Los Angeles Times
"An overdue testament to a one-man six-million man march in memory of all those who no longer had a voice."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"In this obviously loving, respectful and generous documentary, Simon Wiesenthal is presented as a lone warrior on the trail of Nazi war criminals."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Serious documentary about one of the most important researchers of the 20th Century responsible for bringing major Nazi criminals to justice."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's an exercise in hero worship that couldn't be more justified, even though Wiesenthal would have been modestly embarrassed by the honor."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"[Director] Trank is so busy fashioning [Wiesenthal] as a superhero that little light is shed on the man's relentlessness and his stubborn determination to keep his data center in Vienna even under siege from a shabby Austrian smear campaign."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"A tragic, inspiring film."
‑ David Mattin, BBC.com
"[A] surprisingly lively biography."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Persuasive and engaging, if one-sided. It could be argued there is only one side to argue."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The film dramatically shows how many of the criminals on Wiesenthal's lists were eventually sent to jail or died from heart attacks or suicide when they were at last located."
‑ Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle
"The sheer power of Simon Wiesenthal's remarkable story is what propels this heartfelt documentary tribute."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"At times one clamors for a slightly more creative, probing investigation of the consuming forces that drove Wiesenthal."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

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