Nina's Tragedies Reviews

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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-
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
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
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
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
Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
June 3, 2005

Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sono Motoyama
Philadelphia Daily News
May 27, 2005

A richly evoked family drama.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
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
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
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 3, 2005

Writer-director Savi Gabizon brings a startling freshness to the coming-of-age tale.


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-
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
March 31, 2005

If, at times, he lays on the surrealist touches with a trowel, it's a small price to pay for the goofy tenderness with which he ministers to his hapless, self-absorbed characters, and bestows on them a hard-won peace.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 26, 2005

A serio-comic look at an Israeli teenager's coming-of-age, centering on his attraction to his emotionally fragile Aunt, the film belongs to the growing pains genre.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 24, 2005

This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 22, 2005

With improbable charm, Gabizon knits it all together, his characters' sexual obsessions and earthiness tempered by a soulful melancholy.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 18, 2005

The boy's adjustments to Nina and her emotional tempests comes with flashes of comedy, the poignancy of lost and reclaimed love, a sprinkle of shame, and some silliness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 18, 2005

The path to the grave is often a bumpy fusion of the serene and the shrill.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters.

Anna Smith
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 16, 2007


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006


Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 30, 2005


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
June 25, 2005


Boston Phoenix
April 9, 2005


AV Club
Top Critic
February 24, 2005

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