• 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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Joshua Land
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
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
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
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
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: C

February 18, 2012
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
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
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
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

Arizona Republic
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