Nina's Tragedies Reviews

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 6, 2005
Ayelet Zorer gives Nina grace, sexiness and a real personality. She's someone you'd want to see a movie about, though maybe you'd wish the movie were a little more polished than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
August 12, 2005
Israeli society is one that has ample experience processing grief, and Nina's Tragedies explores that challenge with humanity and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
July 29, 2005
The dry humor is disarming. The ensemble cast is engaging and interesting to watch. And the main plot, as it were (will Nadav and Nina find respective happiness?), is suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 29, 2005
Passing eccentricities of character, but serious trouble staging honest and coherent emotional scenes....a surplus of preciousness and a deficit of truth-ringing reality.
| Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
July 24, 2005
The comedy is feather-light and the emotions are drawn on situation, rather than on genuine involvement with substantively developed characters.
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 10, 2005
A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 9, 2005
A humorous warts-and-all portrayal of a family.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
June 3, 2005
Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 29, 2005
Gavison's whimsical and melancholy tragicomedy keeps the Israeli-Arab conflict in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sono Motoyama
Philadelphia Daily News
May 27, 2005
A richly evoked family drama.
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2005
Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 21, 2005
A sad little comedy with enough surprises to keep the viewer guessing, and fine performances by all.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 13, 2005
A film about the whole panoply of life and love and death, blah blah blah.
| Original Score: '2/4'
May 13, 2005
You want to get caught up in Nadav's world and ride his emotional roller coaster, but the movie keeps you at a distance (like watching through a window).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 12, 2005
It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 8, 2005
The chief problem with this exasperating and shamelessly contrived award-winning Israeli movie: It doesn't know when to stop telling and start showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2005
Writer-director Savi Gabizon brings a startling freshness to the coming-of-age tale.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2005
A thoughtful and satisfying film of the sort American filmmakers rarely achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

E! Online
April 1, 2005
[An] intricately woven screenplay, captivating characters and observations of the complexities of modern Israeli life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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