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The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of the Jews From Bulgaria Review

  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2005
  • Rated:
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 21 min.
  • Genres: History, Military & War, Race & Ethnicity, Social History
  • Director:Jacky Comforty

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    66

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Explores another courageous, little-known chapter in the saga of resistance and heroics during World War II.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Questionable as a theory of history, but as a human sentiment, it's touching to behold.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    The director, who also served as producer along with Lisa Comforty, his wife, spent 12 years compiling the archival clips and photographs that make up this compact and elegant film.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Optimists is filled with first-person testimony from Jews who were saved and non-Jews who saved them, people like Rubin Dimitrov, a baker who hid Jews in his ovens and says simply, "a true human being is obliged to help." As a rescued Jew says with emotion at the film's conclusion, "to be a Bulgarian is to be a mensch."

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