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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2012)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Two story arcs that will tragically and heroically connect. The first is the dramatic Entebbe hijack and rescue, 8 days when a nation held its breath and executed a military miracle that redefined the Jewish Nation's call "Never Again!" The second is the remarkable life story of Jonathan Netanyahu, a young soldier who struggled to find the balance between the people and the Nation he loved. This film is about Jonathan's life, and what led these two dramatic story arcs to intersect on that

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July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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A straightforward documentary that uses Yoni's own words - in the form of his moving, eloquent letters and poems - to create a searing portrait of his short but meaningful life.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[It] serves up its material with an excess of treacly music and an overabundance of glowing reminiscences. This has the odd effect of making his story less powerful than it actually is.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Never explains why, exactly, Israel embraced this dead soldier so tightly.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (2)
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Doesn't give much more than a cursory sense of what Yonathan Netanyahu was like as a person.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It is pure hagiography.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A moving tribute to an Israeli military hero.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

For the most part, documentarians Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot do this potent story justice.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

As biographies go, this one's pretty close to hagiography - painting in personal details, glossing over the chinks in his armor and in Israeli history.

May 27, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comment (1)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The documentary is briskly paced, often compelling, but a little soft, as it succumbs to hero worship.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Stirring doc about one of Israel's great heroes, known particularly for rescuing hostages at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Thoughtful and stirring.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
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