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The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers Reviews

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Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
October 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
David Berry
National Post
December 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
October 15, 2013
This particular rendition of a history often told is little more than propaganda.
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Nicole Herrington
New York Times
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
November 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
December 5, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 28, 2013
Sometimes so clunky, it suggests a return to the bad old days when nonfiction films could be mistaken for schoolroom torture devices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 6, 2014
What makes a good yarn and possibly an important book does not necessarily make for a consistently great or engaging movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
October 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2013
A wide and excellent array of archival footage and photos vividly accompany Avner's recitation.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 28, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2013
While not as comprehensive or objective as one would hope, this vivid documentary will prove fascinating to history buffs.
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