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Menashe Reviews

August 18, 2017
"Menashe" is a little slice of life, delivered with a knowing sense of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 17, 2017
The curious are welcome, but this one fits snugly in the category of "You Don't Have to Be Jewish, But..."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2017
Weinstein normally directs documentaries, and "Menashe" has a fly-on-the-wall feel at times, particularly in the warmly believable interplay between father and son. The movie was filmed in Borough Park, N.Y., which adds to the atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 17, 2017
Weinstein brings a palpable authenticity (attributable in part to a cast made up of local non-actors) to this universally resonant story, rendering it unique and specific in a meticulously detailed setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 11, 2017
The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2017
Delicately woven and sensitively told, director-writer Joshua Z Weinstein's ode to a shlemiel rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 10, 2017
In scene after scene, "Menashe" strikes complex notes without telegraphing how the audience should feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 10, 2017
Some of the narrative developments and conversational tangents feel contrived, but "Menashe" has a rhythm (brisk but unforced) that speaks well of Weinstein's future in narrative storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 10, 2017
This is Weinstein's first dramatic feature; he's been a documentarian, and that comes through in his ability to show Menashe in the context of his world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2017
At times sweet, but never patronizing, Menashe examines a world that might seem foreign or oppressive without ever turning its inhabitants into caricatures or figures of fun.
July 28, 2017
The plot is a touch obvious, but Menashe still plays like a more culturally specific Kramer vs. Kramer, setting up a testy, fascinating dynamic between micromanaging rabbis and a naturally warm dad with wisdom of his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 2017
This is not a melodramatic movie - there's not so much as a fistfight, and the ending will be too quiet for some - yet at times its sadness is almost overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
July 27, 2017
Menashe is full of lovely grace notes in which nothing much happens, but which deepen our understanding of this self-segregated corner of the world.
July 27, 2017
My heart broke a little near the end of "Menashe," a sweet comedy that's not without a bit of sadness. For sure, this funny and tender film prompts cheerful smiles, but sometimes they turn melancholy.
July 27, 2017
The film ends up getting stuck in a no man's land between fiction and documentary, never quite coming together as a complete narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 27, 2017
It's a gentle, melancholy father-and-son story that's as notable for an evocation of its self-contained world as it is for its drama.
July 27, 2017
Weinstein has created a work of interest partially because he is aware of his own distance from his subject matter.
July 27, 2017
The film has an unpolished intimacy, peeling back the surface exoticism of a cloistered faith to reveal the poignantly ordinary struggle of being an imperfect person in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 27, 2017
What keeps Menashe from just being outside-in ethnography is how much nuance Weinstein and Lustig bring to the main character.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 6, 2017
Invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won't soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig.
May 3, 2017
The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son.
February 1, 2017
A gorgeous ode to everyone's inner screw-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 25, 2017
The real strength of Menashe lies with its ability to be a fly on the wall of a fragile existence that can take any number of unexpected turns.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 23, 2017
Weinstein's charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves.