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Holy Rollers Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 8, 2013
Offering the viewer hardly any reason to feel this story is credible.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 10, 2011
Despite a suitably nervy turn from Eisenberg, there's no energy to the film-making or much insight into the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
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.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 8, 2011
It's a familiar premise and Holy Rollers sprinkles precisely nothing new into the roll-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 8, 2011
We expect more than we eventually get, even if what we get is watchable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 8, 2011
Dramatically uneven though well-performed and competently directed, Holy Rollers features an intriguing premise yet treads thin ice when battling an inconsistent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
July 8, 2011
Holy Rollers is based on true events but it lacks any spark of originality.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 7, 2011
[A] breathless, enjoyable comedy-thriller based on the true story of how Hassidic Jews were recruited as mules in the late 1990s to smuggle ecstasy pills from Amsterdam into New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2011
It just feels content to glide along ... and if it wasn't for Eisenberg being his usual quirky and mildly entertaining self, would feel uneven ... and rather erratic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 7, 2011
Jesse Eisenberg, in the main role, enhances the film again and again with his comic timing and ability to nail the part of a sheltered ingénu with an incipient rebel streak. It might be dodgy merchandise, but he sells it all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Frizzell
Little White Lies
July 7, 2011
This is more accurately a film about a revolution against innocence and the vacuum it leaves behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
July 7, 2011
The film is slow, sometimes confusing and not very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
July 7, 2011
The problem is that it's not terribly dramatic, despite good central performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 6, 2011
This is moviemaking on autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 4, 2011
Kevin Asch's morality drama restages the Fall of Man as a modern, real-life crime story. It is understated, but compelling, with yet another standout performance from Jesse Eisenberg.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 3, 2011
If ecstasy was as boring as this film about it then the war on drugs would've been over 25 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
May 16, 2011
Jewish clichés can be forgiven as Asch revisits the shtetl for his crime tale that shines a light upon a society within via one rebel's secular awakening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
May 9, 2011
Beautifully, atmospherically shot and sporting a great soundtrack, this is an otherwise quite dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 31, 2011
Peters out at the end. ... Still, there are more than enough positive elements, especially Ben Kutchins' expressive and mesmerizing cinematography, to recommend it.
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