Hava Nagila: The Movie - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hava Nagila: The Movie Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
July 25, 2013
The film is alternately fascinating and entertaining, though you'll likely be sick of hearing the familiar melody by the time it's through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Knight
National Post
May 31, 2013
You know you're in for an irreverent documentary when the narrator asks: "What's up with this song?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Silver
May 20, 2013
The film isn't slick and doesn't have the greatest production values I've ever seen, but it's still an enjoyable romp through the history of a great song.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.
Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette
May 2, 2013
A whimsical and even occasionally profound documentary about the origins of this time-honoured Jewish tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Donald Liebenson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2013
A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
April 25, 2013
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible, which makes it a perfect Rorschach test and intriguing metaphor for contemporary Jewish identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 25, 2013
An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 22, 2013
What does it mean? Do we really care? We should.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
March 12, 2013
Balancing the anecdotal with the informative, this charming docu at once celebrates and explains the origins of the iconic Jewish tune.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
March 11, 2013
As one interviewee says the song "is a melody that evokes new life, hope, and joy." The song does that and so does HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE).
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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John Anderson
March 7, 2013
The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 5, 2013
Fun and illuminating...The movie as well as the song serve as fitting, entertaining testaments to the resilience of the Jewish people.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
March 2, 2013
Entertainingly traces the origins of the ubiquitous song and how it became worldwide kitsch [but] gets wearyingly redundant like a party that has gone on too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
February 28, 2013
Everything you ever wanted to know about Hava Nagila but were afraid to ask, except:: 'What's the deal with the ritual of raising a chair in the air like you don't care?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 28, 2013
One of those rare, crowd-pleasing documentaries that compels you to tap your toes and leaves you with a great big smile on your face from ear to ear upon exiting the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
February 28, 2013
The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 28, 2013
Comprehensive yet lighthearted dissection of one very popular song is a pretty surefire audience winner.
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