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91
Portland Oregonian
The subtle menace of the would-be geneticist of the Master Race mingles with ordinary pre-teen foreboding to create a riveting cocktail of unease.
83
The family he preys on is a tad too unsuspecting to be believable, but the film still hits notes of deep tension. And the cast is superb, especially Àlex Brendemühl as the “Angel of Death” himself.
75
Writer-director Lucia Puenzo, adapting her own historical novel, concocts a disquieting and chilling thriller out of what might be a lost chapter in the infamous career of Nazi Doctor Joseph Mengele.
75
A smart and unsettling atmospheric thriller.
63
Slant Magazine
In Lucía Puenzo's film, things always feel off balance even as the plot points click all too neatly into place.
60
The story-telling is a little too pat to deliver the surprise moments that reveal character or sweep audiences up emotionally. The film remains a creepy story with a lot of morbid fascination, set off by the captivating young Florencia Bado in her first screen role.
58
Nestled within the movie’s overtly schematic design are strong performances—namely, newcomer Bado—and a few details about German-Argentinean life which are, frankly, more interesting than the question of Helmut’s past.
50
The Dissolve
There’s just not much of real import in this quasi-historical semi-thriller.
40
As horror scenarios go, Puenzo’s setup takes the most heavy-handed approach possible.
40
Village Voice
Puenzo dramatizes her material with an overcooked sense of import that generates scant suspense.

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