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The Aryan Couple, (The Couple)
In this drama set in Eastern Europe in 1944, (Martin Landau) plays Josef Krauzenberg, a wealthy Hungarian Jewish business owner who, despite his fortune, finds his life hanging in the balance as the Nazi "final solution" is being enacted throughout Eastern Europe. Under the terms of the Third Reich's "Europa Plan," Krauzenberg arranges with Nazi leaders to exchange his fortune, his business holdings (textile plants, steel mills, ownership of several banks) and a collection of rare art for safe passage to Switzerland for himself, his wife Rachel (Judy Parfitt), and their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"Mainly notable for its inappropriate, blithe sentimentality. In another film this would be the usual Hollywood hokum. In a film about the most serious subject imaginable, it amounts to moral idiocy."
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"The whole thing is coarse and vulgar, as it hides its low fascinations behind a scrim of Holocaust piety until it becomes pure kitsch."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The most mawkish and shallow take on the holocaust committed to screen in many a long year."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It's a sucrose period piece that somehow averts its gaze from the brutal reality of Nazi genocide, and manages to conjure a fatuous feelgood happy ending."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Put-upon Jews weep on cue or stare defiantly into the camera, spouting impromptu speeches about getting some of their own back one day; all the while, violins wail in the background."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The worst Holocaust movie ever."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A handsome Holocaust melodrama hobbled by a transparent and cartoonish script."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A case study in why Holocaust movies are so difficult to get right."
‑ David Mattin,
"Is over-arching sincerity only results in a stiffness that gives way to B-movie melodramatics in time for the cliché-ridden finale."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The Aryan Couple gets great mileage out of its tension and suspense, and its commitment to developing its characters as real people in an unthinkable dilemma."
‑ Dan Hudak, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"he story loses its grip and momentum during the laboriously realized denouement, which follows the hired help's struggle to escape to Switzerland amid overwrought action sequences propelled by a shrieking violin-driven soundtrack."
‑ , Time Out
"Pure sentimental melodrama, with not a moment's reflection on any issue larger than the fate of our heroes."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Its intentions are doubtless good, but it ends up exploiting the Holocaust for cheap suspense."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Despite some tense scenes, this movie still falls fairly flat."
‑ Doug Brunell, Film Threat
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