A Tale of Love and Darkness Reviews

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September 1, 2016
Whereas Oz's material, at its best, considers the nuances and subtleties of language, Portman's script reduces his writing to platitudes and cliches.
August 26, 2016
Portman ... paints a portrait of the Jewish state's fraught history, all with the confident authority of a filmmaker who is years beyond her debut.
August 26, 2016
A Tale of Love and Darkness loses itself in dreamy imagery, in its studiously crafted aesthetic. But there are times when Portman lets the toughness, the tenacity, the emotional heart of Oz's story shine through.
August 25, 2016
While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it presents -- it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in.
August 25, 2016
[Portman] has filmed the book according to its emotional meaning to her, and that's fine. What she hasn't done is whip it into shape as a compelling movie.
August 25, 2016
A passion project for the Jerusalem-born Portman and told primarily in Hebrew, she shows early promise behind the camera.
March 30, 2019
Natalie Portman's love letter to Israel may be more dark than it is loving, but it's a visceral experience and an amiable directorial debut for Portman.
August 28, 2018
A Tale of Love and Darkness isn't a great film, but a respectable and commendable one that shows a lot of promise for the continued evolution of Portman's career.
August 6, 2018
It is an interesting choice for a filmmaker's debut... However, after watching, it seems like no one else could have pulled off this striking balance between romance and melancholy as well as Portman.
February 14, 2018
It's difficult to criticize this film without calling for an entirely different one... but I'll give Portman's film the credit for letting one imagine how differently it could have turned out.
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