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Metascore

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100
Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from "reality"; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
90
It becomes a meditation on the dual nature of film, on a "reality" at once true and false, essential and tainted.
90
Variety
It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
90
Village Voice
The artificial look of the added footage, counterpointed by the commentary of inmates and survivors, only underscores the unending shock of the film's unadulterated images, even though we have seen them in other Shoah documentaries.
90
Remarkable as much for its speculative restraint as for its philosophical reach.
90
Salon
The first Holocaust movie that's actually about another Holocaust movie, and in some peculiar way it brings us closer to the terror and tragedy of the original event.
88
Extremely unsettling and thought- provoking.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Hersonski enriches this evidence by bringing in survivors of the ghetto, who tell stories of life there while watching the film themselves.
80
It will test your faith in humanity, but Hersonski's film is nonetheless a brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness.
75
A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.

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