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Yossi (2013)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 6

Smart, moving, and deeply empathetic, Yossi is a thoughtful examination of love and grief.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 4

Smart, moving, and deeply empathetic, Yossi is a thoughtful examination of love and grief.



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Following the death of Jagger, Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller, Yossi and Jagger, Munich) has become a valued and dedicated workaholic cardiologist who lives a solitary existence as a closeted gay man in Tel Aviv. His world is shaken when a middle-aged woman from his past (Orly Silbersatz, Broken Wings) walks into his examination room. Their brief and distressing reunion along with troubles at work, spur Yossi to take an overdue vacation. On a road trip to Eilat, a chance encounter with a group



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May 21, 2013


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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (6)

Knoller is wonderful as the emotionally cut-off, yet vulnerable Yossi, who yearns for something more from life, but feels both terror at the prospect and unworthiness to claim it.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Eytan Fox depicts modern gay life and contemporary Tel Aviv with sympathy and knowing insight, and he excels at creating casual rapport among actors; yet in film after film he undermines these gifts with hamfisted melodramatic plotting.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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a very real portrait of a man on the verge of accepting himself

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Filled with many of the awkward life moments that many gay men will recognise, as well as a freshly lensed look at the new Israel, Yossi is a strong and touching take on grief.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

Yossi is a stronger film than its predecessor, more deeply felt and less reliant on love-story conventions.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface.

March 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

Fox understands that the joys and tears of looking for love are not unique to gay Israeli men...viewers can relate to the emotional conflicts regardless of one's orientation.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Jewish Advocate
The Jewish Advocate

Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...[Knoller's] portrayal of a person locked in his own grief is both realistic and sympathetic, and Fox brings events to a conclusion that is more than worth the wait.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Hovers somewhere between a realistic take on love and the vision of romance sold by drugstore novels.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Directed by Eytan Fox, the gifted helmer of the international hit Walk on Water, 'Yossi,' a work of special depth, is yet another of his incisive character studies of a man who doesn't quite fit in until he finally does.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: CultureCatch

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