Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 3, 2004
Zarhin has a fine ear for dialogue with refreshing directness and loud rings of truth, but he also knows when to let looks speak volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 3, 2004
Like its protagonist, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is slow to reveal its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 3, 2004
The story in director Shemi Zarhin's film proves predictable and a little too delighted with its own quirkiness.
| Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 28, 2004
Where writer-director Zarhin excels is in offhanded human comedy -- in the craziness that comes with being a teenager in a house full of lunatics to whom you're related.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2004
An Israeli Good Will Hunting, a feel-good movie about an unassuming teen and the machinations necessary to reveal his hidden genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 7, 2004
What it's really about is a subject anyone who has ever been an adolescent can relate to: the period when you start to take responsibility for what kind of person you are and what kind of life you're going to have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 1, 2004
Zarhin's episodic, unpredictable film is life-affirming.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 1, 2004
Nothing in it -- plot, dialogue or character development -- reaches today's standards of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 10, 2004
So much goodness becomes a little wearying over the course of 94 minutes. You wait for Shlomi to take charge of his life, and of course he eventually does, but he almost has to be hit over the head to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2004
Oshri Cohen has such a gentle way about him - it works well for a character that would gladly be the caregiver for the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 9, 2004
A warm exception to coming-of-age stories that accent the tacky and vulgar aspects of adolescent awakening.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
September 9, 2004
A slight but winsome, affirmative film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 6, 2004
Though its destination is entirely predictable, the warm-hearted picture proves a quite pleasant vehicle for getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
August 20, 2004
Cohen has the inevitable 'liquid eyes,' but he also conveys, through his physical restraint, a kind of immense inner stillness, the spirit asleep within.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 20, 2004
For 94 minutes it does quite a nice job transferring the fabulous old chestnut recently desecrated by the Hilary Duff vehicle A Cinderella Story into middle-class Tel Aviv.
Gabriel Cohen DeVries
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Has an easy sentimentality that becomes grating, playing heavily on conventional devices, suffering from lack of risk-taking and an irrelevant poetic refrain that, to be charitable, doesn't translate that well to English.

E! Online
July 23, 2004
The moral is muddled, never quite knowing which way to turn, and that hurts this otherwise sweet family tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2004
Though Zarhin's humor sometimes veers toward that of the situation comedy (even in Hebrew this can happen; who knew?), spirited performances and a charming, upbeat story make it impossible to dislike Shlomi and his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
The film has the unpolished charm of a diamond in the rough, and it boasts a richer inner life than most of the teen movies currently bouncing off the assembly line.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 7, 2004
Like a failed cake, Shlomi itself isn't quite there -- sweet, but not distinctive, light but not cohesive.
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