- New York Times
As directed by the Czech veteran Juraj Herz in prestige-television style, the bulk of the film is a classically proportioned and tasteful wartime soap opera.
Mike Hale - New York Times
A World War II melodrama with a hook, Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
More soap opera than high drama, the film is confused and confusing, and tedious to boot.
John Anderson - Variety
Compensates for its under-occupation familiarity with poignant performances, confident direction and an impressively sober sense of how the era's tragedy kept expanding exponentially.
Nick Schager - Time Out
A portrait of a town that never feels completely real, devoid of normality or everyday activity, a depiction which undercuts the eventual emotional escalation.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine