Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 31, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Very hard to take with the film sitting up and practically slobbering in its eagerness to prove how loveable it is.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
May 7, 2013
The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 7, 2004
Stolid, uncinematic exercise in milking more cash from a nicely scored but mediocre Broadway hit.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
February 23, 2003
Norman Jewison's mind-numbingly literal adaptation of the stage musical Fiddler on the Roof is no disaster, but it certainly has its limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
They want to show us everything, to give us our money's worth. In so doing, they've not just opened up the play, they've let most of the life out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Total Film
May 7, 2013
The choreography is clumsy, the acting caricatured, and the songs themselves painfully overblown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Epic story of Jews during the Russian Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 24, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Would it be heresy on my part to suggest that Fiddler isn't much as a musical, and that director Norman Jewison has made as good a film as can be made from a story that is quite simply boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Jewison's attention to detail is undeniable -- great care was taken to represent Jewish customs as accurately as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
A lovable old-school musical.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 7, 2010
Sentimental in a theatrical way, romantic in the oldfashioned way, nostalgic of immigration days, affirmative of human decency, loyalty, bravery and folk humor.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 12, 2007
A lavish musical, too lavish for the subject matter, though.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
enjoyable and charming
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 28, 2008
Oy, what schmaltz!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 17, 2011
Topol breathes new life into Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldoon Harnick's musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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