Killing Kasztner
Killing Kasztner (2009)

To an even greater degree than Oskar Schindler, Dr. Israel Kasztner played a key role in saving the lives of well over 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust (1,600 in Kasztner's case; 1,200 in Schindler's), but a fascinating and deeply sad… More

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Release Date: August 1, 2014
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Did he truly sell his soul, or was he just, as a family member says in the film, the wrong kind of hero? The film fascinates even as the man himself remains elusive.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

What emerges is less than an in-depth portrait of a man -- we learn little about him, aside from his intelligence, his charisma and his itch to be near power -- than a study of nationhood, history and the psychology of heroism.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

There are deeply complex issues afoot here -- most especially the question of how a country and a people decides who will be its heroes -- and this amateurish film, with its tabloid-TV zooms and hokey visual metaphors, simply isn't up to such complexity.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Director Gaylen Ross assembles a fascinating look at this complex man and the still-smoldering argument about his legacy.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As an examination of what happens when events on the ground collide with national myth and a look at how disinclined complex reality is to fit into tidy boxes, it can't be beat.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gaylen Ross's excellent documentary explores how a forgotten hero of the Holocaust became a political target in Israel.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The very things that make Killing Kasztner maddening -- herky-jerky storytelling, heavy-handedness, doomy music, unearned moral certitude -- keep it moving right along.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film leaves you with a sense that Kastner's name is a casualty of rhetorical crossfire.

James Verniere
Boston Herald

The 2008 documentary "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis" is more the latter, and it arguably makes one wonder if there is such a thing as Holocaust minutiae.

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