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Richard Trank's film is sober, detailed, and handsomely mounted. Ben Kingsley narrates, to excellent effect.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A straight-forward documentary about the life and work of the visionary known as the father of the modern state of Israel.
| Original Score: 3/5
The bottom line is that Herzl was an absolutely fascinating man, and he proves to be a most compelling character this excellent film.
Well-crafted doc offers a scholarly account of the birth of Herzl's Zionist movement.
Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials.
The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure.
This documentary of the life of Theodore Herzl is full of information and at the same time is disappointingly dry and un-engaging.
| Original Score: 6/10
Anyone with a deep interest in Jewish history will appreciate this intelligent and well-produced endeavor.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A blow by blow, thoroughly researched rendering of the Hungarian secular journalist's instrumental part in taking Zionism from the theoretical to the actual.
| Original Score: 2/4
An epic, even Biblical story, brought down to Ken Burns size in this lackluster telling.
Although director Trank is an Oscar winner for the documentary "The Long Way Home," some of the choices made here are awkward.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
"It Is No Dream" satisfies neither as a movie nor as a history lesson.
| Original Score: 2/5
Offers at least one way to couch propaganda in a way that doesn't seem like the genuine article on the face of it.