• Released
  • May 17, 2003
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • Documentary
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S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine Synopsis
Filmmaker Rithy Panh examines the atrocities committed at a Cambodian interrogation center.

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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The result is a history lesson both invaluable and horrific.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Yet S21, unlike many documentaries about the Nazi era, isn't a sickening panorama of brutality. Shot on video, it's quiet and intimate.
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80

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Cinema at its most intellectually honest and morally necessary.
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80

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Modest but nonetheless devastating documentary.
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Shattering documentary.
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
S21 is understated and unforgettable; in its modest way, this movie is as horrific an exposure to evil as Lanzmann's "Shoah."
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Mr. Rithy Panh makes telling use of a survivor whose ability to communicate lends itself to the subject. The tragedy is that Mr. Vann...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Man's inhumanity to man is gruesomely detailed in S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.
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70

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
A harrowing, unblinking look at the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge, the genocidal regime that by some accounts killed off more than a...
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60

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
This is clearly not a pleasant film to watch on many levels.
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