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The Komediant Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 6, 2004
Gives the viewer a pleasant taste for the Yiddish theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 11, 2002
Less-than-compelling documentary of a Yiddish theater clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Niki Patton
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
November 30, 2002
... a light, yet engrossing piece. Lux, now in her eighties, does a great combination act as narrator, Jewish grandmother and subject - taking us through a film that is part biography, part entertainment and part history.
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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
October 4, 2002
The Komediant is a tale worth catching.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 22, 2002
Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A sharp and quick documentary that is funny and pithy, while illuminating an era of theatrical comedy that, while past, really isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Slight but enjoyable documentary.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2002
The film sparkles with the the wisdom and humor of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 23, 2002
This rich, bittersweet Israeli documentary, about the life of song-and-dance-man Pasach'ke Burstein and his family, transcends ethnic lines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Ehrenstein
New Times
May 23, 2002
While centered on the life experiences of a particular theatrical family, this marvelous documentary touches -- ever so gracefully -- on the entire history of the Yiddish theater, both in America and Israel.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2002
It's their familial ups and downs that shift this small, stubbornly poignant documentary ... from the realm of special-interest audiences to the more universal theater of family psychodynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 10, 2002
What might have been a predictably heartwarming tale is suffused with complexity.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 5, 2002
A dream of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
April 5, 2002
As charming, humorous and heimisch as its nomadic subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
April 5, 2002
Alas, the black-and-white archival footage of their act showcases pretty mediocre shtick.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 4, 2002
Makes one thing abundantly clear. American musical comedy as we know it wouldn't exist without the precedent of Yiddish theater, whose jolly, fun-for-fun's-sake communal spirit goes to the essence of Broadway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
April 4, 2002
A gentle blend of present day testimonials, surviving footage of Burstein and his family performing, historical archives, and telling stills.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 2, 2002
A linguistic stew with a zesty, homemade flavor that belies its carefully researched preparation.
Rachel Gordon
March 14, 2002
It's not so much enjoyable to watch as it is enlightening to listen to new sides of a previous reality, and to visit with some of the people who were able to make an impact in the theater world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 26, 2002
Rife with the rueful, wry humor springing out of Yiddish culture and language.
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