Who knew scholarly politics would be so boring?
At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists.
Cedar remains in stylistic second gear for the rest of the film, and interest fizzles out long before the finish line.
| Original Score: 2/5
A dry academic tragi-comedy about academic blackballing, scholarship and taking stock of how you've spent, or misspent, your life.
| Original Score: 3/4
It remains painful to live in a world where Jack and Jill makes it into commercial cinemas and this superb Israeli film gets kicked into the underbrush.
| Original Score: 4/5
Footnote is lighthearted in tone -- which is key to its success, even though it deals with serious family issues and also spotlights the stubbornness and hypocrisy of academic world.
The Coen Brothers must be ticked that they didn't think of the idea first.
...a drama about the internecine skirmishes - actual and metaphoric - fought between fathers and sons that might fairly be called Shakespearean.
| Original Score: 91/100
An intriguing and demanding film despite its flaws.
| Original Score: B+
The premise enables Cedar to spoof academic infighting and professorial egomania even as he dissects a love-hate blood connection that has been fraught with tension and mistrust ever since Abraham was willing to slay Isaac.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Cedar is mostly interested in the father-son dynamics, and he cast excellent actors.
While neither father or son are likeable characters, Cedar still manages to make us care about what will happen to their tumultuous relationship. The end result is a gratifying treat.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Footnote has moments of humor and moments of pathos, but they often seem to be coming from different movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A dense and complex piece of filmmaking, made manageable through the warm and totally compelling performances of the two lead actors.
"Footnote" has one of the most satisfying scenes I've seen in years.
A funny, sorrowful, sharp-witted look at ambition, ego, and fathers and sons.
... a bitter and mordant comedy that evokes winces instead of laughs ...
Light yet heavy comedy/drama no footnote in Israeli cinema
Ultimately it's about how fathers and sons manage the added complexity in their relationship of professional rivalry - and the potential for deep wounds to be inflicted by one upon the other
It's an interesting premise with an equally interesting structure and the use of music, injecting high drama alongside a curious cat and mouse curiosity, gives the film a unique slant