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A Compassionate Spy

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Aug 4, 2023

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The incredible story of Manhattan Project scientist Ted Hall, who shared classified nuclear secrets with Russia.

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Sep 9, 2022

A Compassionate Spy borrows the look and feel of a historical espionage thriller and builds some momentum and moral complexity along the way, but it finds its real potency as a generational family drama.

Metacritic review by Dan Fienberg
Dan Fienberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 9, 2022

If A Compassionate Spy is oddly dispassionate for a documentary so attuned to the humanistic inner-workings of history in progress, the film can’t help but find a measure of beauty in the unspoken trust that Ted and Joan placed in one another.

David Ehrlich
Sep 9, 2022

Steve James’ film not only convinces you to believe that a compassionate spy can exist but also to have compassion for a man who committed a traitorous act. And even though the editorial choices are leading in their execution, it’s no secret that A Compassionate Spy is a moving, thoughtful documentary.

Metacritic review by Charles Barfield
Charles Barfield
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