Gavison's whimsical and melancholy tragicomedy keeps the Israeli-Arab conflict in the background.
| Original Score: C+
The comedy is feather-light and the emotions are drawn on situation, rather than on genuine involvement with substantively developed characters.
A film that takes in the topsy-turvy world of contemporary Tel Aviv through an adolescent's distracted glances.
| Original Score: 2/5
The chief problem with this exasperating and shamelessly contrived award-winning Israeli movie: It doesn't know when to stop telling and start showing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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).
| Original Score: 3/5
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
A film about the whole panoply of life and love and death, blah blah blah.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Bland and uninvolving.
Director/writer Savi Gabizon has a great idea. But he ruins it by devoting too much time to colorful but unnecessary characters.
Casts an ambitious net that ultimately falls out of the control of writer-director Savi Gabizon.
No amount of style or good acting can disguise the fact that this downbeat Israeli comedy is little more than a sudsy soap-opera with a distinctly unsavory aftertaste.
A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters.
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.
The path to the grave is often a bumpy fusion of the serene and the shrill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B-
Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting.
| Original Score: B
Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A sad little comedy with enough surprises to keep the viewer guessing, and fine performances by all.