• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Elie Chouraqui
    In Theaters:
    Oct 11, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 12, 2009
  • IDP Distribution

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O Jerusalem Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C

December 7, 2007
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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Good intentions often make bad movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: C

November 21, 2007
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
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The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 15, 2007
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Its heart firmly in the right place, O Jerusalem proves an uneasy mix of history and fiction.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

November 15, 2007
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

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

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 1/4

October 28, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2007
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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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.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2007
Linda Matchan
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2007
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 25, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Director Elie Chouraqui and co-writer Didier Lepecheur [fall] prey to a fatal evenhandedness that reduces a complex battle for the loveliest, most fought-over city in the world to a pile of heroic clichés.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 25, 2007
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Even with its flaws, the film finds many moving moments as it surveys the ravages of a perpetually divided country.

October 24, 2007
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

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.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 1/5

October 24, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Unfortunately, French director Elie Chouraqui settles for speed and cliché.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 19, 2007
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 17, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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It's not easy to turn one of the most controversial events of the 20th century into a movie that makes your eyes roll, but O Jerusalem does this and worse.

| Original Score: 1/5

October 17, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

October 17, 2007
John Anderson
Newsday
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The performances are all good, and there's enough history in O Jerusalem to float a boat of refugees.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

September 28, 2007
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