Fill the Void - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fill the Void Reviews

Page 1 of 4
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
May 23, 2013
Tonally, the film awkwardly straddles fluffy comedy and grief-stricken melodrama, hopping from one mode to other scene to scene.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 23, 2013
Trouble is, while the social milieu is nicely realized, other parts of the drama are not. Too often Burshtein cuts off a scene prematurely, darting away just as the crucial moment of emotion or confrontation appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 22, 2012
A dreary, tiresome dirge about passion and dis-passion, if memorably performed by impressive lead Hadas Yaron.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
None of the religious rituals feels particularly spiritual, and even the nominally happy ending fails to alleviate the oppressive tone.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 12, 2013
A frustratingly bland look at the customs of a complex subculture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2013
I suspect Burshtein achieved what she set out to do with "Fill the Void," but I found it repetitive and frustrating.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 20, 2013
The film is undeniably a celebration of community, but on Shira, one gets the disturbing whiff of Stockholm Syndrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katherine Monk
June 21, 2013
Like suffocating beneath a thick layer of protective plastic, Fill the Void feels like slow death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Diana Clarke
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
From the dense, textured carpet of her characters' emotions, Burshtein draws gorgeous threads and holds them to the light.
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 12, 2013
A nuanced kitchen-sink depiction of an Israeli Hassidic community which zeroes in on the dilemma of an 18-year-old girl named Shira.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
December 9, 2013
In the end, it's hard to determine whether Burshtein is celebrating or critiquing the insularity and strict traditions of the community that she herself joined in her 20s - but presumably that's part of the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Monica Castillo
Paste Magazine
May 31, 2013
To fill the void, means to simultaneously gain and lose. For Shira, she is keeping her family together at the cost of her own ambitions. It's a kind of self-sacrifice not seen in American films. Burshtein captures these delicate moments brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
December 19, 2013
Few films in recent memory better capture the heartbreak of loss, the agony of indecision or the burden of familial duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 23, 2013
[Burshtein has] reinvigorated a familiar narrative by painting it against an unfamiliar backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 30, 2013
Beautiful and mysterious, the[se] first glimpses are an ideal primer for the Israeli film, which never rushes to spell out the meanings of its subtle and quiet moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 26, 2013
A fascinating, and somewhat frustrating peek into the lives of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, their mating rituals and whatnot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013
Burshstein has managed a small miracle with his gentle film ... . A movie about matters of faith that manages to be neither condescending nor smug ... a surprisingly accessible and satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Top Critic
May 23, 2013
A love poem to the ultra-Orthodox world as seen from within.
Top Critic
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2013
A sympathetic, layered portrayal, rich with detail, that earns its more complex and resonant conclusion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2013
An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void" labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Page 1 of 4