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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-
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.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 8, 2011
We expect more than we eventually get, even if what we get is watchable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
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
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
Matthew Turner
July 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
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.
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
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 9, 2010
t's a familiar story -- Nice Kid gets mixed up in Bad Things -- but as first-time feature director Kevin Asch tells it, there's extra potency to the contrast between the Nice and the Bad.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Holy Rollers - the title strikes me as unfortunately glib and tone deaf - is basically two movies in one: a genuinely involving character drama and a by-the-numbers crime story/ cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2010
They don't reinvent the gangster genre, but the spin they put on it is intriguing enough to make it seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
June 18, 2010
It's sadder and scarier than its predecessors, but it also may be the most important chapter in the tale.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 18, 2010
[It's] so pretentiously blurred and weirdly framed I've seen better-looking surveillance tapes in documentaries. There's also a tedious romance. But the moral dilemma at the heart of Holy Rollers is so compelling I'd recommend it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 17, 2010
The film is slight, but Eisenberg is a deadpan delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
June 11, 2010
The tense dynamic between these two fine actors, not to mention Asch's confident feel for New York City circa the late-1990s, keeps this slightly undercooked but wholly engrossing melodrama on course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
I think [Eisenberg is] a much more astute and detailed actor then some people give him credit for.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
March 6, 2012

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June 30, 2011
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February 9, 2011
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