• Released
  • September 16, 1998
  • R , 1 hr 42 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Tragi-comedy
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88

Boston Globe

Another phantasmagorical tale of life among the Nazis, is upon us. This one works much better.
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80

Film.com

By Henry Cabot Beck
Every bit as reverent as "Schindler's List," and no less successful.
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80

Village Voice

By Amy Taubin
It's entertainment that never lets us off the hook.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
More imaginative and responsible than the somewhat similar "Life Is Beautiful."
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A fairy tale comedy with the Holocaust as the background, a collision of terror and community, death and beauty.
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A tragicomic Holocaust fable that's by turns silly, triumphant and achingly sad.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A merry, wistful, tear-and-a-smile romp about the Holocaust, of all things.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Much of the film is frankly ludicrous, but that does little to dispel its overall power and passion.
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38

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
A misguided exercise - a crude merger of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Schindler's List" that somehow reminds you of "Hogan's Heroes."
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29

Mr. Showbiz

By Cody Clark
Even if the antic futility of attempting to get an entire shtetl to pull together in the face of genocide is your idea of a day at the...
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