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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is ‘Easy Listening’ Cinema: Critics Debate the Success of Taika Waititi’s ‘Anti-Hate’ Satire

Does Taika Waititi's movie successfully poke fun at Nazis? Critics disagree on the value of the "anti-hate satire."

“Jojo Rabbit”

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics a question related to a new release or news event. Their responses — along with other relevant writing — are gathered in the survey below.

Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” is now in the early stages of its long awards season theatrical rollout, and critical reaction has been decidedly mixed towards the “anti-hate satire” about a 10-year-old member of the Hitler Youth whose best friend is an imaginary version of the Führer himself (a relationship that’s complicated by the boy’s discovery that his mom is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic of their house). IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that “‘Jojo Rabbit’ has the best intentions and a very confused way of showing them,” and several other critics echoed that sentiment. Elsewhere, however, responses to the movie have ranged from elated to offended. One critic likened the film to satirical classics like “To Be or Not to Be,” while another saw it as proof that Hollywood has totally lost its mind.

Here’s a snapshot of a debate that has likely only just begun:

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