Yana's Friends Reviews

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
February 9, 2004
Portrays not only the fear that Israelis live with every day, but also the difficulties in a nation where people are arriving from all over the world, not knowing Hebrew.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
April 4, 2003
[Kaplun's] gentle, clear-eyed affection for his characters smooths out the film's rough edges and reminds viewers that friendship and even joy can be found during the most frightening times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 11, 2003
A small surprise at the end made me feel good about the whole movie, turning an amusing but slightly bland story into a winning experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 31, 2003
The performances are solid, and the material is somewhat moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 31, 2003
Yana's Friends works best showing its characters coping with war uncomfortably close to home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
The movie won 10 Israeli Academy Awards and prizes at various film festivals. It's easy to see why.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2002
A small, rather unfinished gem of a movie, but one that shines rather brightly nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
July 12, 2002
Yana's Friends isn't a black comedy, strictly speaking. But it somehow manages to find a surprising amount of humor in deadly serious and even potentially tragic situations.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2002
Lots of charm and likeable characters add up to a delightful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2002
Warm, bittersweet and charming.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 21, 2002
Refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
June 21, 2002
A tender, spirited look at love and community in the midst of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
May 24, 2002
It is heartwarming and often funny, but in its lightness somehow misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
The film eloquently persuades us that it is better to laugh than cry and better to make love than war, messages that never go out of date.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 22, 2002
Sweet, sexy, and unexpectedly enchanting, "Yana's Friends" is the little feel-good comedy that could.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The treatment, both as satire and sentimentality, is heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rachel Deahl
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2001
Amusing with one unforgettable gag, Kaplun's film does a passable job of portraying the hardships endured by immigrants but is more notable for placing a light-hearted tale in a decidedly heavy time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
IFilm
November 16, 2001
You aren't separated from these people even if they do live thousands of miles away.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 15, 2001
An accomplished debut with heart, war and sex.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 18, 2001
I never imagined that Yana's Friends would one day turn out to be so timely for all New Yorkers -- and indeed, all Americans.
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