It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl Reviews

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Jordan Hiller
September 27, 2012
A blow by blow, thoroughly researched rendering of the Hungarian secular journalist's instrumental part in taking Zionism from the theoretical to the actual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
Richard Trank's film is sober, detailed, and handsomely mounted. Ben Kingsley narrates, to excellent effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 4, 2012
An epic, even Biblical story, brought down to Ken Burns size in this lackluster telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
Although director Trank is an Oscar winner for the documentary "The Long Way Home," some of the choices made here are awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 10, 2012
A straight-forward documentary about the life and work of the visionary known as the father of the modern state of Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Merin
August 10, 2012
The bottom line is that Herzl was an absolutely fascinating man, and he proves to be a most compelling character this excellent film.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
August 9, 2012
"It Is No Dream" satisfies neither as a movie nor as a history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 9, 2012
Well-crafted doc offers a scholarly account of the birth of Herzl's Zionist movement.
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Alissa Simon
August 9, 2012
Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2012
Offers at least one way to couch propaganda in a way that doesn't seem like the genuine article on the face of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
August 6, 2012
This documentary of the life of Theodore Herzl is full of information and at the same time is disappointingly dry and un-engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 4, 2012
Anyone with a deep interest in Jewish history will appreciate this intelligent and well-produced endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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