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The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers Reviews

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Wes Greene
Slant Magazine

The documentary is dressed to the nines in pomp and patriotism, which seems meant to hide the fact that the film offers very little in the way of valuable reporting or insider information.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2013
David Berry
National Post

This is a national history that feels like your great uncle trying to remember the time he went to Disneyland's Hall of Presidents.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 13, 2013
Diana Clarke
Village Voice
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This particular rendition of a history often told is little more than propaganda.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 15, 2013
Nicole Herrington
New York Times
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A bit overstuffed with history and tales of perseverance, the film doesn't have room for balanced political analysis or even exposition at times.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 17, 2013
Brent Simon

A deadly dull Zionist booster shot that trades away what benefits in firsthand recollection and access it has through a steady drip of reflexive self-importance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

November 7, 2013
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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"The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers" takes on a vast subject - the history of the modern state of Israel - from a disappointingly narrow perspective.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Sometimes so clunky, it suggests a return to the bad old days when nonfiction films could be mistaken for schoolroom torture devices.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 28, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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What makes a good yarn and possibly an important book does not necessarily make for a consistently great or engaging movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 6, 2014
Mark R. Leeper
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In what is hardly sufficient time, Avner gives the viewer a feel for the characters and the political policies of Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

October 15, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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A wide and excellent array of archival footage and photos vividly accompany Avner's recitation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 7, 2013
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

No matter what your political opinion about the Middle East, without understanding how we got to where we are is an indispensable component of determining where we are going next

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2014
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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While not as comprehensive or objective as one would hope, this vivid documentary will prove fascinating to history buffs.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 5, 2013
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