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The Matchmaker (2012)

The Matchmaker


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,777



Movie Info

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Avi Nesher , Amir Gutfreund
In Theaters:
Menemsha Films - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Matchmaker

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3)

The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over this unique Israeli coming-of-age film, which deals with a special kind of survivor's guilt.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Nesher ... has a populist touch, showing a sure hand with the numerous subplots and never allowing us to lose sight of his characters' humanity, even the mostly pathetic villain of the piece.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A different kind of coming-of-age story, one infused with the lingering horrors of the Holocaust.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A movie that's somehow delightful even as it visits devastation.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

The film intelligently portrays how, even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit a person from finding happiness - and consequently, how essential love is.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Top Critic

At heart an unexpectedly complex film about love, but also an examination of Israel in flux, a country with one foot in the past and another in the future - a weight that may never fully vacate Israeli shoulders.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
The Playlist

Contains an undercurrent of real menace, not just candy nostalgia.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
East Bay Express

The Matchmaker is to fine drama what gefilte fish is to lox. Hold the cream cheese.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012

Though aided by beautiful views of Haifa, some amusing entertainment, and flashes of poignancy, the appeal is mostly heavily laden, cross-generational nostalgia.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

The film ultimately fails to treat history as anything but a string of melodramatic reference points for moody characters haplessly trying to find love.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012
Slant Magazine

A delightful, subtle Israeli coming-of-age comedy-drama.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012

A fascinating Euro-Israeli rite of passage story...See this.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Boston Herald

The jokes come naturally and frequently, but the film also haunts with unexpected potency...

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Boston Phoenix

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