Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) Reviews

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Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 10, 2010
The movie respects the Jewish tradition of inquiry and debate; it unreels as a sort of dramatic dialogue that acknowledges the benefits and terrors of both religious fundamentalism and personal freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2010
This restrained piece from first-time Israeli film-maker Haim Tabakman explores the tension between faith and sexuality in Jerusalem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 20, 2010
The simplicity of the tale is its strength and the acting of Zohar Strauss as Aaron and Ran Danker as Ezri is entirely natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 20, 2010
It's almost impossible to imagine anyone making a gay romance between two orthodox Jews. And yet this film is subtle and sensitive, and full of earthy honesty as it explores a seriously difficult situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 20, 2010
A sensitively directed and movingly acted story of forbidden love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 17, 2010
A very human story quietly unfolds with a compelling understatement in this dour but deeply-felt drama from director Haim Tabakman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
May 14, 2010
This is responsible, restrained and intelligent, but if anything, the risky subject material is handled with too much caution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 14, 2010
It's not just the subject matter of impossible love that recalls Brokeback Mountain, but the same aching sadness and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
May 13, 2010
One of the best and most moving love stories you'll ever see. Absolutely top draw.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 13, 2010
Tabakman makes evocative use of enclosed spaces and silences, and tempers the melodrama with a sociological authenticity that confirms the centrality of belief in Jewish culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 13, 2010
Slow and often silent, it's an extraordinarily disciplined film that respects, if not honours, the milieu of its story...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 13, 2010
Director Haim Tabakman conjures up the sad mood very skilfully, with natural lighting, measured pace and an unexpected electronic soundtrack. In fact, it's probably my favourite film about the romantic love between two Jewish guys since Superbad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
May 13, 2010
The film's urgent point about the need for understanding is made with dignity and an appreciable tinge of sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 12, 2010
Impressively directed, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging drama that plays like an orthodox Jewish version of Brokeback Mountain, though the pacing and minimalistic dialogue might prove too arthouse for some tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2010
As oblique and laconic as its characters, Tabakman's moral tale rises to a melancholy spirituality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
February 11, 2010
"Brokeback Mezuzah": Tender, affecting, brave, and beautifully wrought,
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 6, 2010
Brave, provocative and gently engrossing with well-nuanced performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
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New York Magazine/Vulture
February 5, 2010
Eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty, gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 5, 2010
It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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