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O Jerusalem Reviews

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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.
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
Good intentions often make bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
October 17, 2007
Hammers away at its Arab/Jewish variation on the chicken-or-the-egg debate ad nauseam.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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.
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
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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 17, 2007
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
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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
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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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
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
Dave White
Movies.com
October 11, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
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
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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
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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.

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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Arizona Republic
October 18, 2008
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