Yossi Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 29, 2013
a very real portrait of a man on the verge of accepting himself
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
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.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 8, 2013
Yossi is a stronger film than its predecessor, more deeply felt and less reliant on love-story conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
March 23, 2013
... 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.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2013
Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2013
It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 8, 2013
"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
March 7, 2013
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.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2013
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.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
March 7, 2013
Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
March 7, 2013
Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
February 21, 2013
...[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 21, 2013
The film's pacing sputters as Fox drags Yossi through dreary scenes of self-denying repression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 21, 2013
The several allusions to Thomas Mann's forbidden-love novel "Death in Venice" are apt, but "Yossi" is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 21, 2013
Hovers somewhere between a realistic take on love and the vision of romance sold by drugstore novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2013
"Yossi" offers genuine pleasures (even some of Fox's trademark musical numbers).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 14, 2013
It's a slight but uplifting charmer that serves as a feel-good bookend to the sadder first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2013
Predictable if measured uplift aside, Fox keeps "Yossi" effortlessly affecting, graced with deadpan humor and a knowingness about lonely lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
February 4, 2013
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.
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