Yossi

Yossi

86%
  • Unrated, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Eytan Fox
    In Theaters:
    Jan 25, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 21, 2013
  • Strand Releasing
  • Yossi
    2 minutes 45 seconds
    Added: Nov 21, 2013

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Yossi Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a very real portrait of a man on the verge of accepting himself

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 29, 2013
Glenn Dunks
Trespass

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.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2013
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly

... 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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly

March 23, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2013
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

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.

Full Review Source: The Jewish Advocate

March 7, 2013
Loren King
Boston Globe
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Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2013
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

...[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 Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

February 21, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

February 21, 2013
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Yossi" offers genuine pleasures (even some of Fox's trademark musical numbers).

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 14, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's a slight but uplifting charmer that serves as a feel-good bookend to the sadder first film.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

February 14, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Predictable if measured uplift aside, Fox keeps "Yossi" effortlessly affecting, graced with deadpan humor and a knowingness about lonely lives.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2013
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch

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.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

February 4, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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Beneath its economical story line, "Yossi" is also about leaving the past behind in a larger, national, more metaphysical fashion, too.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

A dramatically challenging sequel, given warmly effective heart and soul by lead actor Ohad Knoller.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 25, 2013
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Eytan Fox and screenwriter Itay Segal have made this a truly universal story about a man who finds the courage to pursue the possibility of love again after heartbreak and loss.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2013
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