Nicky's Family
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NICKY'S FAMILY is a gripping documentary that tells the mostly unknown story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a young Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Jewish Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. As a result of his heroic efforts, today there are over 6,000 descendants who live all over the World. (c) Menemsha

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"Nicholas Winton is a figure who deserves a worthy documentary in his name; unfortunately, Matej Minac's Nicky's Family only gets about halfway there."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"An enthralling documentary by Matej Minac..."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"He's been dubbed "Britain's Schindler." However, instead of the Spielberg treatment, Nicky's Family gives Winton something more like a Heritage Minute, complete with kitschy, misbegotten re-enactments."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
"A great true story and a great man come together in this real heart-warmer of a documentary."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Not as dismal as other stories from Holocaust documentaries. There are many positive notes."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"What's nettlesome about director Matej Minac's clunkily constructed documentary is what it says about our perverse but understandable need to spin some kind of happy ending onto the Holocaust."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The documentary gets heavy handed with the contemporary material, but the actual story is one that deserves to be told."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"This is a powerful chapter in our human history, but it's made melodramatic and dull through Matej Minac's indulgence of hokey reenactments and sound-augmented archival footage."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"A true story about an ordinary person, who turned out to be an extraordinary human being when it counted the most."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"The unfathomable tragedy of the Holocaust is beyond the scope of "Nicky's Family," and even as the credits roll, Winton's simple decency is as mysterious as ever."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Hokey reenactments of the war years do the film no favors, but it's worth sticking them out to witness a humanity that never could be faked."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Equally heartbreaking, informative and heartwarming. Unless you're made of stone, you will not be dry eyed by the time the end credits roll. It's easily accessible for all ages."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A great story, brilliantly told. Sir Nicholas Winton is pure inspiration. See this wonderful documentary to catch some of it..."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
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