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Footnote Reviews

May 3, 2016
Everything now in place, Footnote's almost wordless last 15 minutes are exquisitely choreographed
June 18, 2013
At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists.
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
April 13, 2012
Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2012
Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 30, 2012
Footnote is a film about the nature of truth, about sacrifice, hubris, hypocrisy. It's nothing short of brilliant.
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-
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
March 23, 2012
It's not easy to make Eliezer a sympathetic character, yet Bar-Aba's demonstration of fleeting vulnerability awakens inevitable, if equally brief, compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2012
Its energy and eccentricity assert themselves in funky graphics, imaginative camerawork and everyday moments of awkwardness and absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2012
The film was a nominee for this year's foreign-language Oscar, and Cedar has a real grasp of how to create conflict and generate tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2012
Writer/director Joseph Cedar is wise to the comedy of frustration and alert to the tragedy of hubris.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2012
Writer and director Cedar does a great job of ratcheting up the tension by filtering the story through a simmering family rivalry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 16, 2012
Footnote is at its best when it gets into the cutthroat dynamics of academic competition, which are both horrifying and amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2012
This is brainy, bravura filmmaking of the highest level, a motion picture that is as difficult to pigeonhole as it is a pleasure to enjoy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
Writer-director Joseph Cedar's understanding of the many levers of academic politics helps him inject a little steel into the movie; but it's eventually overcome by the mushy father-son drama.
March 15, 2012
I've seen the film twice, gladly, and I can't wait to see what Cedar comes up with next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2012
In fact, it's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 10, 2012
Both actors are tremendous: Bar Aba has the air of a near-boiling teakettle or an unexploded bomb, while Ashkenazi's Uriel looks on with a mixture of bafflement, exhaustion and reluctant affection.
March 9, 2012
This material could, with just a few edits, be a serious and downbeat drama. But it's Cedar's knowing satire of academic politics (aided greatly by the sprightly and circus-like score by Amit Poznansky) that keeps the proceedings pungently bubbly.
March 9, 2012
The film is more about questions than answers. But sometimes the questions are the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2012
"Footnote" does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.
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March 8, 2012
The movie is not a story but a text, and Cedar is its playfully intrusive interpreter.
March 8, 2012
A film this intimate must be finely tuned, and Cedar's screenplay is acutely observant about academia, familial dynamics and life in contemporary Jerusalem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
A piercing satire, a poignant family drama and an investigation of the competing claims of honesty, loyalty, ambition and love.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 8, 2012
Cedar breaks up these father-son dynamics with visual flourishes, including nods to old-school slideshows, or footnotes about the characters thrown out onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 7, 2012
The film pulls off an impressive balancing act: It's bitter though not cruel, satirical without veering toward obviousness, deeply moving but never maudlin.
March 6, 2012
Director Joseph Cedar somehow makes all of this enormously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2012
Something between a comedy of everyday absurdity and a family tragedy pushed into the realm of the hyper-real, Footnote uses its characters' differing relationships to authenticity as the basis for an enigmatic riff on representation.
March 5, 2012
Unfortunately, when Cedar forges his fine-grained observations into a plot, the action turns broad, thin, and overwrought, and his images lose their tensile strength.
February 23, 2012
Cedar goes to great lengths -- indeed, too great -- to turn editing and music into the driving force behind the pic's liveliness.
September 8, 2011
A father-son academic rivalry provides fodder for this caustic comedy set in the Talmud Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4