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Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish

Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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The play Romeo and Juliet has been translated around the world. Now this gritty, funny new feature film retells William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in Yiddish. A middle-aged ER nurse, Ava, in graduate school-and bitterly lapsed observant Jew-undertakes a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare's great classic, Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile, her houseguest, also a Hasidic dropout, is "leaking" Kabbalistic magic, and enchants her studio apartment. In what might be the first Yiddish "mumblecore"

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Drama, Comedy

Eve Annenberg

Nov 26, 2013

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

A charming and entertaining movie that instills a little fantasy into the mix.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The performances are uneven, but there's a grimy thrill to seeing scenes from the play in subway cars and on fire escapes.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Oy, such terrible jokes and choppy direction.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The film, written and directed by Eve Annenberg (who also stars) is sprawling and sometimes confusing, but its premise is charming and not at all far-fetched.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There have been many untraditional film adaptations of Shakespeare's, but few have been as unorthodox as this one...

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Annenberg's attitudinous Shakespeare riff is a unique blend of psychodrama, ethnographic experimentation, and high-concept hustle.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[B]lows away Shakespearean fairy dust on fusty nostalgic notions of classic Yiddish theater, with exuberance of lo-fi Luhrmann in a West Side Story set in exotic Brooklyn.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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The writer-director has bitten off a bit more than she can chew but this is a must-see for anybody who loves the sound of Yiddish, as well as those interested in Jewish culture in general. The young actors, renegades from the Satmar, are superb.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Nearly all of the characters seem curiously representative of some seldom-seen sub-cultural trend, if they're ultimately somewhat interchangeable.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The story has running some real comic possibilities, but few make it to the finish line

July 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

If Shakespeare were alive today and in good health, as I'd wish him to be in, he'd probably be begging for a circumcision to honor this little film that gets the gist of his most famous tragedy down pretty well.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: GreenCine
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