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New York Magazine - Bilge Ebiri
A profoundly gripping film, with a cumulative impact that may well wipe you out. MORE

The New York Times - Jeannette Catsoulis
The title may suggest a wildlife documentary, but ''The Cats of Mirikitani'' is entirely, vibrantly human. MORE

The Observer - Andrew Sarris
Ms. Hattendorf's is truly and profoundly a "found film," and it is deeply moving enough to be fondly remembered at year's end - and long after. MORE

Variety - Ronnie Scheib
What begins as a straightforward docu on an elderly homeless artist in New York City winds up as an indictment of US internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII in Linda Hattendorf's startlingly timely "The Cats of Mirikitani." MORE

The Seattle Times - Lucia Enriquez
His art, unrelenting, serves as a faithful watch for rare hope. MORE

The Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
A fascinating, absorbing, and instructive tale, full of delayed revelations and subtle pleasures... MORE

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Carrie Rickey
Poignant beyond words, The Cats of Mirikitani is comparable to finding a pearl in a pile of oyster shells. MORE

TV Guide - Maitland McDonagh
[Director Hattendorf's] willingess to shelter an aging, eccentric stranger brought about the ending that makes her film such a sweetly unsentimental charmer. MORE

Spirituality & Practice - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
A compelling documentary that touches the heart with its account of a tenacious street artist's transformation thanks to the hospitality of a caring and compassionate woman... MORE

Salon.com - Andrew O'Hehir
An irresistible fable of reconciliation and forgiveness. MORE

Cinematical - Martha Fischer
The Cats of Mirikitani is a treasure of personal filmmaking. MORE

Agnesvarnum.com - Agnes Varnum
The resulting film is one of those precious few that captures the enduring power of the human spirit and the capacity one has to truly care for another. MORE

Isthmus - Kent Williams
Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001 - two dates that will live in infamy. And it's hard to imagine anyone whose life has been more affected by those two infamous dates than Jimmy Mirikitani, the subject of Linda Hattendorf's fascinatingly moving documentary... MORE