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.
August 25, 2016
Unfortunately, darkness seems to have prevailed over love in a tale that falls flat.
August 25, 2016
A good start for Portman, with promise of better things to come.
August 24, 2016
"A Tale of Love and Darkness" is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse.
August 20, 2016
Every frame of A Tale of Love and Darkness reflects Natalie Portman's passionate striving and her grieving heart.
August 19, 2016
Though Love and Darkness has moments of self-conscious artiness, as many first films do, Portman, very sure as to what she wanted, has made certain not to overstate the story's potent emotions, and that has made the difference.
August 19, 2016
I admire the attempt more than the execution, which is often irretrievably dour. But throughout the film, there are moments when its people and their predicaments come alive.
August 19, 2016
Tonally, the film doesn't quite match with the universality of Oz's shimmering prose. Yet Portman's evocation of this world has a strange, captivating pull.
August 19, 2016
Portman has an artistic vision worth sharing and developing.
August 19, 2016
To her credit, Portman makes smart use of silence and lets actors' faces do the communicating. She depicts violence discreetly.
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 ...
August 18, 2016
Portman's emotional connection to the material couldn't be more obvious, yet the film itself is still largely inert.
August 18, 2016
Despite the geopolitical momentousness - and present-day potency - of its concerns, it's an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts.
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?
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