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Footnote Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Light yet heavy comedy/drama no footnote in Israeli cinema
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 13, 2012
Ultimately it's about how fathers and sons manage the added complexity in their relationship of professional rivalry - and the potential for deep wounds to be inflicted by one upon the other
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 13, 2012
It's an interesting premise with an equally interesting structure and the use of music, injecting high drama alongside a curious cat and mouse curiosity, gives the film a unique slant
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 13, 2012
This is a film that skims the surface layer of politesse from human interactions and reveals us as the blustering bundles of ego that we all are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 13, 2012
"Footnote" deals with ambition, isolation, the dangers of too much success and the inevitable gap between generations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 13, 2012
Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2012
...the movie works best [when it's] sending up pompous bureaucrats, petty university politics and personal jealousies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 10, 2012
Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 6, 2012
Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 5, 2012
A bright, smart and funny movie that evinces a real feel not only for the daily work of scholars but for the bloody minefields of academia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 5, 2012
At times, the film seems to turn into a microfiche machine, with the story's sections divided by frames thumping past us as if propelled by a researcher, eyes scanning.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 30, 2012
A droll, deadpan satire of the professional contempt and personal rancor that breeds in any narrow field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2012
Footnote is a film about the nature of truth, about sacrifice, hubris, hypocrisy. It's nothing short of brilliant.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 29, 2012
A first half frivolous enough that it's not as ghastly sentimental as it seems like it could be, and with a second half brittle enough that it's not as frivolous as it was when it started out.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 29, 2012
While the premise delves into an alien landscape for most viewers not immersed in Talmudic study in Jerusalem, the universal feeling of familial irritation and begrudging respect shines right through.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2012
"Footnote" gets sly, subtle comedy from the similarities between the two men, particularly since Uriel is unaware how much like his dad he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 29, 2012
It speaks to anyone who's been on either end of a grudge or family antagonism. And it saves its best for those who have witnessed clusters of the best and brightest descend to the level of grade school kids on the playground.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 24, 2012
To many viewers the picture might seem as forbidding as a dense scholarly tome. But give it a chance, and you might find it as pleasurable as a good novella.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 23, 2012
Writer/director Joseph Cedar (Beaufort) satirizes academic politics, personal integrity and generational resentment, but his stylistic choices undermine the points and punchlines.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 23, 2012
It's a wryly observed little picture that plays like an anecdote deliberately separated from some larger text that's hinted at yet never fully divulged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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