Final Account

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Final Account falls shy of the definitive statement suggested by its title, but the belated reckoning on display remains chillingly valuable viewing.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Final Account draws a line under a period of history that has been explored extensively before. But it also hints, in several chilling segments, at how pervasive some of the ideas that formed the core of Nazi ideology remain, even now.
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    Linda MarricThe Jewish Chronicle
    Perhaps the most shocking aspect of his film is the nonchalance with which some of his subjects recount those events.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    I am fascinated by movies and books that push aside our view of history, one informed by hindsight, and take us to what it was like at the time it was happening.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    Final Account is made from of a fraction of what he got - perhaps not more than a dozen or so interviews - but it's a monumental achievement, an implacable and revealing record of the corruption of a generation.
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    At first I felt a little put-upon, but the aggregation of multiple details forms a terrifying and hideous picture.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    The ringing message throughout "Final Account" comes from the famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
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    Saskia BaronThe Arts Desk
    Final Account is a masterpiece that puts Luke Holland in the same league as the great documentarian of the Holocaust's aftermath, Marcel Ophüls. It's unmissable.
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    Hilary A WhiteSunday Independent (Ireland)
    As with Claude Lanzmann's seminal Shoah (1985), Final Account cracks open the heart of darkness using little more than a camera and a microphone.
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    Paul WhitingtonIrish Independent
    Holland's film is an invaluable testament.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Shot and edited with a hushed stoicism, the documentary strikes an appropriately sobering tone as people describe horrors they witnessed.
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