O Jerusalem

2007

O Jerusalem

Critics Consensus

Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

35%

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Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui's historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans -- one Jewish and the other Arab -- are forced to make an incredible series of life-altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of Jerusalem gets under way, the Jews, Arabs, and Brits must all address such difficult issues as terrorism, politics, courage, and deprivation with a newfound sense of honesty and urgency. Drawing inspiration from authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre's best-selling novel of the same name, O Jerusalem offers a textured commentary on a conflict that continues to stir controversy in the 21st century.

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Critic Reviews for O Jerusalem

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (15)

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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Nell Minow

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

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  • O Jerusalem is as overstated and expository as a historical pageant, from the drippy music to a sputtering, running gag involving funky old jalopies to clichd speeches and teary-eyed deaths and a final voice-over crying out for peace.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: C
  • Good intentions often make bad movies.

    November 21, 2007 | Rating: C
  • The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

    November 15, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem

  • Aug 19, 2012
    Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2008
    An interesting depiction based upon the book (also titled 'O Jerusalem') that centralizes upon events that led to the rise of the statehood of Israel. Great cast- Said Taghmaoui, J.J. Field, Mel Raido, Maria Papas, Patrick Bruel, and Ian Holm. Worthy!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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