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Holy Rollers (2010)



Critic Consensus: Despite a promising premise and a solid central performance from Jesse Eisenberg, Holy Rollers lacks the depth necessary to overcome its cliched script.

Movie Info

"Holy Rollers" is inspired by actual events in the late 1990s when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States. It is the story of a young Hasid from an Orthodox Brooklyn community whose neighbor propositions him to transport "medicine" for an Israeli dealer and his girlfriend. He is exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, and as the business grows, his double life begins to rip his family apart and the community becomes suspicious of his illegal activities. Caught between life as a smuggler and the path back to God, he goes on the run, forced to make a fatal decision that could bring the entire operation crashing down.more
Rating: R (for drug content and language throughout, and brief sexual material)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Antonio Macia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 2010
Box Office: $0.3M
First Independent Pictures - Official Site


as Ephraim
Mark Ivanir
as Mendel Gold
David Vadim
as Mr. Maxim
Ori Pfeffer
as Israeli Gangster
Andrew Levitas
as Great Necker #1
Marc Rose
as Great Necker #2
Omer Barnea
as Dutch Hasidic Man
Karina Arroyave
as Fabric Customer
Eli Gelb Young
as Hasidic Mule
Evan Mathew Weinstei...
as Young Hasid Father
Court Young
as Customs Officer
Evan Matthew Weinste...
as Young Hasid Father
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Critic Reviews for Holy Rollers

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27)

This is moviemaking on autopilot.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's not a terrible movie, but all the way through you feel as if you've already seen it.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The one and only problem I had with HOLY ROLLERS was the pacing. I found myself getting slightly bored and at times, looking at my watch. I'm sure it's not easy to mesh Orthodox Judaism and Ecstasy, but Asch did a pretty good job.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Offering the viewer hardly any reason to feel this story is credible.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite a suitably nervy turn from Eisenberg, there's no energy to the film-making or much insight into the story.

Full Review… | July 10, 2011

It's a surprisingly cool little film, not funny at all but rather seriously torn between the secular and the sacred, a conflict Eisenberg expresses with a neurotic intensity.

Full Review… | July 10, 2011
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Holy Rollers


An interesting idea executed in an un-interesting way, 'Holy Rollers' had my attention, but due to a lack of interesting characters and some serious pacing issues failed to hit the mark.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer


For a movie based on a true story about Hasidic Jews working as drug mules trafficking ecstasy in the late 90s this movie was really dull.

Sure, maybe the limitations are the result of this being a low budget indie, but I think it would have been worse as a big budget major studio affair. The real issue is that the idea is inspired, but the script, direction, and acting are all lacking.

I liked the idea of a young guy torn between religious studies and making tons of money in the drug trade, but they really dropped the ball with the concept here. It all felt rehashed, unoriginal, and jut kinda blah. It doesn't help that the lead is done by Jesse Eisenberg. I like him, but he just doesn't really appear to be trying here. Justin Bartha however is awesome. He gives the best performance, is the most interesting character, and the focus clearly should have been on him.

I wasn't totally bored, but I didn't really care a whole lot either. Also, the washed out look really didn't fit for me and seemed unnecessary. You could see it, but I would ONLY recommend it for hardcore completists.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Sometimes very cliche, but with a terrific performance by Jesse Eisenberg and a nice screenplay, Holy Rollers is a good film to watch.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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