O Jerusalem Reviews

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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
October 26, 2007
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.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2007
Even with its flaws, the film finds many moving moments as it surveys the ravages of a perpetually divided country.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 11, 2007
The performances are all good, and there's enough history in O Jerusalem to float a boat of refugees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
Good intentions often make bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2007
The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
October 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 26, 2007
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
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Linda Matchan
Boston Globe
October 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2007
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.
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
October 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2007
Unfortunately, French director Elie Chouraqui settles for speed and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Arizona Republic
October 18, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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