O Jerusalem


O Jerusalem

Critics Consensus

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



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Average Rating: 3.3/5

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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 (12)

  • Good intentions often make bad movies.

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

    Nov 15, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school.

    Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • It aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.

    Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

    Oct 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Director Elie Chouraqui and co-writer Didier Lepecheur [fall] prey to a fatal evenhandedness that reduces a complex battle for the loveliest, most fought-over city in the world to a pile of heroic clichés.

    Oct 25, 2007

Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem

Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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