The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

The Devil's Arithmetic


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Kirsten Dunst stars in this drama as a Jewish teenager who doesn't care much about her family's religious heritage until she's transported back in time to Poland in 1941, where she learns a valuable lesson about the struggles of her family -- and her people.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert J. Avrech
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004



as Hannah Stern

as Mrs. Stern

as Aunt Eva

as Mr. Stern

as Commandant Krieger

as Officer Steinbach

as Uncle Abe

as Aunt Fanny

as Cousin David

as Uncle Morris

as Aunt Ethel
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Alternate title: "And This Is Why It's Important to Be a Good Little Jewish Girl." I know, I know, the film was based on a novel for children, so some simplification can't be avoided, and it was made for TV, which doesn't help.

As a movie that was shot in Toronto and in Vilnius, Lithuania (where I spent part of the summer of 2011, and learned a lot about Jewish Lithuanian history), I almost wish I had paid money for it, but it was so bad, I'm glad that I didn't. To yoke Passover and the Holocaust in this way feels cheap, and the heavy-handedness makes it virtually unwatchable. Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy are head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, talent-wise, though Murphy's performance (and accent) wavers from good to horribly over-acted and back a few times before the film ends. A well-intentioned film that, if not for its clunky explanatory frame and its clichéd, brutally-written middle, might have been worth watching; as it is, though, it's highly skippable.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Nice. We should NEVER forget what really happened.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


A touching film.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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