Footnote Reviews

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Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
March 22, 2012
Footnote finally gets back on track as Eliezer puts his philological skills to use, but it's too little, too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Who knew scholarly politics would be so boring?
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 20, 2012
Footnote has moments of humor and moments of pathos, but they often seem to be coming from different movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 12, 2011
Joseph Cedar's Footnote is a sour, rather unpleasant affair that hinges on acts of Jews behaving badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 5, 2012
Unfortunately, when Cedar forges his fine-grained observations into a plot, the action turns broad, thin, and overwrought, and his images lose their tensile strength.
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 15, 2012
Eliezer's facial expressions consist of 'constipated' and 'slightly less constipated.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 23, 2012
Cedar goes to great lengths -- indeed, too great -- to turn editing and music into the driving force behind the pic's liveliness.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Cedar remains in stylistic second gear for the rest of the film, and interest fizzles out long before the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 15, 2012
Writer-director Joseph Cedar's understanding of the many levers of academic politics helps him inject a little steel into the movie; but it's eventually overcome by the mushy father-son drama.
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
[A] mix of dry humor and bleak drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
April 19, 2012
A funny, sorrowful, sharp-witted look at ambition, ego, and fathers and sons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
January 11, 2012
Joseph Cedar's Footnote is a wry, wise little film that revels in the cataclysmic import of a life's most ostensibly trivial details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 11, 2012
Joseph Cedar's Footnote is easily one of the most exciting and creatively executed films about Jewish academics poring over the Torah ever made, excluding perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man (which really does exist in a world of its own, anyway).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
It's not easy to make Eliezer a sympathetic character, yet Bar-Aba's demonstration of fleeting vulnerability awakens inevitable, if equally brief, compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 1, 2013
A dry academic tragi-comedy about academic blackballing, scholarship and taking stock of how you've spent, or misspent, your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2012
...the movie works best [when it's] sending up pompous bureaucrats, petty university politics and personal jealousies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 12, 2012
...a drama about the internecine skirmishes - actual and metaphoric - fought between fathers and sons that might fairly be called Shakespearean.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2012
In fact, it's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 6, 2012
Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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