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A Tale of Love and Darkness Reviews

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August 25, 2016
Unfortunately, darkness seems to have prevailed over love in a tale that falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 16, 2016
A Tale of Love and Darkness is an adaptation of Amos Oz's memoir that's bleak and out-of-focus, but not without some intriguing direction from Natalie Portman.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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 18, 2016
The sort of mistily pretty literary adaptation where everyone speaks in complete sentences pregnant with imagery and meaning, and where historic events serve largely to try the souls of the characters, who in turn try the audience ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 20, 2015
Portman adores Oz's book and its characters so much that she never quite digs deeply enough to bring them to life.
April 14, 2016
The mix of political history and intimate psychology never quite combine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 17, 2016
Feels like a movie that left critical portions of its essential backstories on the cutting room floor, with only somberness to fill in the gaps.
August 16, 2016
Is this like a parody of European filmmaking?
August 24, 2016
"A Tale of Love and Darkness" is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2016
...an abject failure that just doesn't work on any level...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 12, 2015
There is a tendency throughout "A Tale Of Love And Darkness" to address knotty interactions and heated politics with pat and almost naive pronouncements.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 14, 2016
This is a failure that deserves credit mainly for its good intentions -- and for its potential to attract new readers to Oz's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 18, 2016
Portman's emotional connection to the material couldn't be more obvious, yet the film itself is still largely inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 20, 2015
Natalie Portman wrote, directed and starred in this well-meaning but dreary adaptation of Amos Oz's autobiography.
November 13, 2017
A dreary downer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 19, 2016
... unfocused and excessively somber, managing only a fraction of the intended emotional impact.
August 26, 2016
[T]he material turns to melodrama, simply so that the resolution can be tied up neatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2016
Portman's ability to convey this rich borscht of people, place, and inescapable history is flavourful indeed. So it's unfortunate that, while getting so many difficult things right, she makes an almost equal number of missteps on the easy stuff.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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