Paper Clips
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Directed by Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin, this documentary chronicles a rural Tennessee middle school's unique class project: finding a meaningful way to honor Holocaust victims. Brought up in a heavily fundamentalist Christian environment, most of the students had never seen, let alone spoken with, a member of the Jewish faith; nonetheless, the children of Whitwell found a poignant method of honoring the slain. Using individual paper clips to represent each life lost in the Holocaust, the students were inundated with contributions from around the world. Eventually, they managed to procure an… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You have to be a pretty cynical not to be a little moved."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Not a sophisticated or very challenging film, nor should it be. It is straightforward, heartfelt and genuine."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Docu is the best introduction to the Holocaust for tweens."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Who knew a movie that seeks to remind us of one of the greatest horrors in human history could be so unintentionally hilarious?"
‑ David Cornelius,
"Documentaries do not rise or fall on their production values ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's a remarkable story, and well worth seeing, particularly for its handful of genuinely affecting moments."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Symbolism is hard to swallow, and it's near impossible to relate to these paper clips as souls, especially when they are talked about in terms of collecting and counting and displaying."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"Interesting and frequently moving documentary but it misses several opportunities to widen the scope and make some important points."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Paper Clips is a nice social interest project, but not much of a documentary."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"This is a modest film with a big heart that leaves you thinking that Anne Frank got it right: Basically people are good."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"What makes Paper Clips so powerful and moving is the way everyone in the film seems affected by the Whitwell project. The students change. The teachers change. The townspeople change."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"The project is chronicled eloquently in Paper Clips, a documentary about how a few kids can make a difference, one paper clip at a time."
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"the message attached is genuine and worth listening to"
‑ Rachel Gordon,
"For the documentary to shift credit to the paper-clip project as a reason for receiving the speakers is tantamount to fraud."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The film is constructed simply, even amateurishly, but the power of what's being done comes through loud and clear. The material is far better than the movie."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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