Yossi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Yossi Reviews

Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 8, 2013
"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
January 31, 2013
Beneath its economical story line, "Yossi" is also about leaving the past behind in a larger, national, more metaphysical fashion, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
January 25, 2013
The film keeps its focus small, but the trouble is, the characters' emotions stay that way, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 24, 2013
"Yossi" tells the beautifully acted but overly sentimental story of a man's emotional rebirth in a more sexually liberated era. It is also a pointed portrayal of the revolution in social attitudes inside the most liberal and secularized of Israeli cities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2013
An affecting and admirably unsentimental portrait of lost love.
Top Critic
January 24, 2013
Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 24, 2013
The film's central romance veers into the realm of wish-fulfillment, but it's still drawn with tenderness and sensitivity ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 24, 2013
His struggles remain compelling, thanks to Knoller's sad-eyed authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 23, 2013
The perfectly sculpted, entirely sure-of-himself Tom ultimately seems more of a construct than a character, his carefree nature shaped almost entirely by the very wish-fulfillment clichés that the movie otherwise sidesteps.m his mostly self-created shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 22, 2013
Ten years later, Yossi powerfully probes the grief that still consumes the surviving ex-soldier, now working as a physician in Tel Aviv.
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
November 27, 2012
Knoller's superbly underplayed performance ensures that Yossi's sad-sack tendencies aren't allowed to alienate him from our affections.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5