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O Jerusalem (2007)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 16

Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

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Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui's historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans -- one Jewish and the other Arab -- are forced to make an incredible series of life-altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of

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Didier Le Pêcheur, Elie Chouraqui

May 12, 2009

$0.2M

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Good intentions often make bad movies.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Its heart firmly in the right place, O Jerusalem proves an uneasy mix of history and fiction.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school.

October 26, 2007
Miami Herald
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It aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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O Jerusalem is as overstated and expository as a historical pageant, from the drippy music to a sputtering, running gag involving funky old jalopies to clichéd speeches and teary-eyed deaths and a final voice-over crying out for peace.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

I felt as though I could have gathered the same information about Israel's beginnings from a pamphlet, and saved myself the film's forthright baggage

October 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

A hopeful and helpful movie that depicts the friendship between a Jew and an Arab that outlasts the winds of war and the culture of revenge and racial hatred surrounding them.

October 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The need to touch on pivotal events makes this at times seem like history's 'greatest hits,' although the personal stories provide a narrative thread tying it all together.

October 26, 2007
The Jewish Advocate

As a history lesson, the film is so elementary and silly that you'd half-expect to find Mr. Peabody and Sherman peeking around the Wailing Wall.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Such fictionalizations are the stuff of TV miniseries, and only serve to add confusion and melodrama to a history that, as Collins and Lapierre's book proves, hardly needs further dramatization.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hammers away at its Arab/Jewish variation on the chicken-or-the-egg debate ad nauseam.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

In its struggle to present an unbiased portrait that balances Jewish and Palestinian viewpoints evenly, the film loses some narrative focus. Nevertheless, it presents a valuable history lesson that points out the dire effects of British occupation in the

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It's no 'Exodus' but is a reasonably involving primer on the birth of Israel in 1948, specifically on the fighting for control of Jerusalem.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem

Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...
July 23, 2013
itsjustme2004

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An interesting depiction based upon the book (also titled 'O Jerusalem') that centralizes upon events that led to the rise of the statehood of Israel. Great cast- Said Taghmaoui, J.J. Field, Mel Raido, Maria Papas, Patrick Bruel, and Ian Holm. Worthy!
July 26, 2010
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