Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings) Reviews

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Time Out
June 29, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2004
This is a story that would be compelling, no matter what the locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 14, 2004
[Bergman] draws fine performances from the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 23, 2004
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 23, 2004
Bergman's debut feature is tender yet disturbing, sad yet at times funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 21, 2004
Well-made, if rather predictable, new-age melodrama.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 21, 2004
Writer-director Bergman's debut doesn't have stylistic pizazz, and some of its scenes sag a little under the weight of mournful music. But the story is told with stirring simplicity that builds momentum.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2004
The performances are uniformly strong.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 15, 2004
Broken Wings tells the kind of story that only a cinematic neophyte would find novel. But it tells that story with such emotional nuance, and with such fine performances, that it somehow feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 9, 2004
While there's nothing ordinary about Bergman's accomplished family story, the line resonates with the director's own philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 9, 2004
The excellence of the acting and Bergman's keen eye and ear make us hope for the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2004
A believable, tender story of how a terrible crisis can turn out to have a positive, transforming effect on a family as long as there is love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 2, 2004
Maron, a lovely young actress with a gift for soulful silence, does some heartbreaking work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 1, 2004
It reminds us, after all, that throughout the world, all family feeling is local.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2004
Broken Wings is not a great film. But it's a good, solid one that should connect with intelligent audiences as strongly here as it did abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2004
A sensitive and well-observed drama that, while not breaking new ground, marks its director-screenwriter as someone to watch.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 19, 2004
This intimate, warmly made family portrait always feels true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2004
It sounds like a depressing little framework, but the actors give it life.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
March 12, 2004
Grief is never ordinary, so while the bereaved Israeli family at the center of first-time writer-director Nir Bergman's delicate tone poem may be unremarkable, their suffering is singular.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 11, 2004
Nir Bergman's aching domestic drama concerns an Israeli family of five shattered by the recent death of the father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 11, 2004
Touching, real and superbly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2004
An engrossing Israeli kitchen sink drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 11, 2004
An affecting, character-based drama that ends not with tears, but on a note of optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 11, 2004
There is a seasoned richness and vivid specificity to these lives, for all their hurts and losses.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2004
The power of the sensitive, clear-eyed Israeli drama Broken Wings lies in writer-director Nir Bergman's understanding of the tangible challenges of getting on with life following a death in the family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 9, 2004
This poignant, acutely observed movie is eloquent and suggestive in dramatizing a particular trauma in the context of an ordinary Haifa family.