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Protocols of Zion (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 17

Levin takes viewers on a personal journey, laying bare the ugly and varied faces of anti-Semitism.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 10

Levin takes viewers on a personal journey, laying bare the ugly and varied faces of anti-Semitism.

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Near the dawn of the 20th century, underlings of Czar Nicholas II created a book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to be the outline of a master plan created by powerful Jews determined to rule the world. First published in 1903, the essay was a hoax (and was revealed as such for the first time in 1921 by the London Times), but that hasn't prevented it from having a long and troubling life as a widely distributed cornerstone of anti-Semitic hate literature; it's still

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The only civilized response to this display of abject ignorance, hatred and bigotry is one of anguished despair, but Levin's film enlightens as much as it enrages.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's probably useful for the world to know the extreme lengths to which bigotry is willing to travel; Protocols may not be the best-made documentary, but it definitely fills in those blanks.

February 17, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Protocols ultimately lacks the focus and the scope to have much effect beyond causing us to shake our heads in dismay at the usual suspects: ignorance and those who would exploit it.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Levin's film is most effective as it objectively documents the history of international anti-Semitism, but loses ground whenever it reverts back to anecdotal coverage of the subject.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Rambling and disjointed, Protocols of Zion starts out pretty interesting and then begins skidding all over the place, losing focus just as it should be building momentum.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Purporting to look at the roots of modern-day anti-Semitism, Levin only has eyes for a well-worn checklist of Jew-haters and oppressors, his shoddy search for answers turning up not a single one.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A picture which makes a great case against intolerance simply by shedding a bright light on ignorance.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

No matter how well Levin had made this film, there will still be those who will accept the Protocols and other bogus documents as fact. Still, it's reassuring to know that somebody has the courage to challenge the lies and to examine why they've been so s

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Jewish filmmaker Marc Levin (Slam) embarks on a personal odyssey to explore the roots of the fraud, its impact on Jewish history of the 20th century and its acceptance among the Jew-haters of our troubled time.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Traces the oldest prejudice in the world, the hatred of the Jews, and how it rears its ugly head in contemporary times.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Illuminates manifestations of anti-Semitism without ever really elucidating or posing solutions to the problem.

March 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The central message is that people who want to hate will embrace anything that supports their beliefs.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

A personal odyssey through bigotry and anti-Semitism in the post-9/11 world.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A film that's much more entertaining than you think it will be, while also being just as depressing and angering as you think it will be.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It is an important film, especially given the racial and ethnic strife that's only worsened around the world as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Protocols of Zion should be required viewing for all.

December 10, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

One of the things Levin establishes is that anti-Semitism thrives best in the vacuum of poverty and ignorance, making it common coin in the real and figurative refugee camps of the world.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

an unflinching and often terrifying look at a particularly insidious type of hate that has for too long flown under the radar of mainstream attention

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

A seriously disturbing film.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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