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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 667

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A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it. … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 11, 2013
Box Office:
$0.9M
Runtime:
International Film Circuit - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (0)

Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.

Full Review… | February 24, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audiences interested in Jewish literature will find Laughing in the Darkness compelling for its deep analysis of Aleichem's works, featuring a selection of experts and the writer's granddaughter, Bel Kaufman.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[An] absorbing PBS-style documentary.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Throughout the film, Dorman uses ethnographic and silent-cinema footage, along with ubiquitous klezmer music, to paint a picture of the era.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A rich, winning documentary...

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The film adroitly sets the writer's works, his triumphs and tribulations, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period for European Jewry.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Dorman strikes the perfect balance between the work and the man.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Movie Metropolis

In the end, you're certainly inspired to read Aleichem, but not necessarily to watch Dorman's film again.

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
Oregonian

.... a thoughtful, if also conventional, overview of Aleichem's life and work, mixing straight history and biography with quotations from his writings...

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Playback:stl

It's a history lesson that also shows art informing the events, even changing them.

Full Review… | October 19, 2011
Tampa Bay Times

... a swift, fascinating 93 minutes ...

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

One needn't be a student of the history or literature of the period to appreciate this excellent portrait of a fascinating and important figure.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

It's good, but I'd wait for TV.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dorman's portrait is engrossing, but his Ken Burns style doesn't match his subject's vitality.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
Boston Phoenix

No Fiddling with 'Sholem Aleichem' Legacy

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Boston Herald

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