100

San Francisco Chronicle

The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe.
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88

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
A quietly brilliant study in cognitive dissonance, The Flat is a documentary look at Holocaust denial, but not the kind you might think.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Is something being hidden? No. It's more that something doesn't want to be known.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass. He doesn't seem at all happy with that luxury. It's a burden by a more extravagant name.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness.
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40

Time Out New York

The Flat details his efforts to understand this unusual situation, and although the film suggests that his relatives may have maintained this odd friendship as a denial of their homeland's betrayals, there's only so deep Goldfinger can dig.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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