Katyn (2009)

In the spring of 1940, following the invasion of Poland by Russia's Red Army in 1939, up to 20,000 Polish officers and soldiers were executed by Stalin's secret police. The men were imprisoned in three POW camps, one of which was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Masterfully crafted by an experienced directorial hand, Katyn is a powerful, personal depiction of wartime tragedy.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Director] Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The principal success of Wajda's stately, widescreen and exquisitely shot film lies in its sober attempt to mirror the fragmented truth of a genocide.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This was the film Wajda wanted to make all his life.

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James Adams
Globe and Mail

Katyn is remarkably concise and (if one may say this about a cinematic commemoration of mass murder) elegant.

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Boston Globe

The great filmmaker's urge to show generations of his countrymen what they were told not to think about is what moves him, and while "Katyn" rises above didacticism, you can feel the director keeping his emotions in check throughout.

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Dan Lybarger

Oscar-winning Polish writer/director Andrzej Wajda is now 83 years old. But he thankfully hasn't lost his ability to outrage viewers for all the right reasons.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Wajda's intensity and passion, as well as his intelligence and craft, are unmistakable from the very first sequence. Virtually from the first shot.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Has sweep and conviction and, most rewardingly, a long-overdue revelation of historical truth.

Sean Axmaker

Andrjez Wajda, whose father was one of the officers killed in Katyn, uses the event to explore some of the unhealed wounds suffered by the Poles in World War II.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Katy? is a brilliant exposition of the evil in the Polish-Russian history, the Katy? Massacre; with impressions of hope, lies, and struggle for identity, honor,… More
Gordon Anderson
Worthy if plodding account of WWII atrocity which generates an unsettling sense of foreboding as the 'climax' approaches.
familiar stranger
Appreciate it for the historical knowledge it offered (you can blame my knowledge if you're a know-it-all), but the fictionalization and dialogues… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"All governments are liars and murderers." - Bill Hicks[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century… More
Randy Tippy
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana I have an affinity for true stories, especially those that bring… More
Daniel Dolgin
Rating: 1 star Arthouse rating: 1.5 stars I'll be in the minority and say I could not stand this film at all. The performances were all over the place,… More

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