Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
February 6, 2008
This overlong story of a Ethiopian boy's experiences attempting to pass himself off as Jewish in order to enter Israel, gets bogged down with a meandering script that fails to gain momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 25, 2006
Una película bien intencionada aunque imperfecta sobre la identidad individual más allá de lazos familiares, nacionalidades, religión o raza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
April 21, 2006
Rambling storyline, some ropey perfs and sentimentality prevent pic from becoming the gut punch it might have been.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A wholly worthwhile enterprise loses its initial impetus and insight and becomes increasingly meandering and melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 5, 2008
Earnest and overlong, the result is a meandering short story of a movie that, for all its good intentions and occasional insights, doesn't gel.
Nora Lee Mandel
December 17, 2008
Sentimental on immigration and assimilation, but intriguingly reflects Israeli diversity, and touching for a guy to survive and flourish thanks to the love of 4 feisty women.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
If Live and Become told only the story of Schlomo's childhood and adolescence in Israel, it would have been a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
January 31, 2008
Brother from another temple!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Abigail Deutsch
Village Voice
January 29, 2008
If the film sometimes feels overwrought -- and at once too long and too short -- its subtle motifs and loud silences, as well as the enormity of its subject matter, keep us absorbed until the devastating end.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 1, 2008
A powerful and poignant film about an Ethiopian Christian's long and dramatic spiritual journey in Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 21, 2006
A sprawling, truth-based tale held together by a remarkable trio of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
In turning over the question of what makes a person a Jew -- not to mention what makes a person belong to any society -- Live and Become is worthy of attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 14, 2006
It's a lot to digest, and, after a time, Live and Become feels overextended. But the themes will reach most audiences. And the cast, particularly the actors playing Schlomo, are talented charmers.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 1, 2008
Both a love story and inspirational tale of an individual finding peace with himself in a hostile environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 4, 2008
Fundamental issues of ethnic and religious identity and the agony of exile are at the heart of Live and Become.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2008
With the secret 1985 airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jewish refugees into Israel as a historical starting point, writer-director Radu Mihaileanu turns one fictional boy's story into a loaded, didactic drama about survival, adaptation, and identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
August 6, 2006
The cast is uniformly outstanding, but Schlomo's adoptive parents are especially memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jordan Hiller
February 2, 2008
The beauty of Live and Become is found essentially in one very specific place - the relationship between Solomon and his mothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
The bounty of incident is balanced by knowing humor, compelling characters and a dedicated compassion toward those for whom the search for home sends their head, heart and feet flying in all directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 24, 2008
The film is long, often tedious, and burdened by sudden leaps forward and a perplexing withholding of information, but not unlike Schlomo, it perseveres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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