Hava Nagila: The Movie Reviews

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July 25, 2013
The film is alternately fascinating and entertaining, though you'll likely be sick of hearing the familiar melody by the time it's through.
May 31, 2013
You know you're in for an irreverent documentary when the narrator asks: "What's up with this song?"
May 20, 2013
The film isn't slick and doesn't have the greatest production values I've ever seen, but it's still an enjoyable romp through the history of a great song.
May 3, 2013
Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.
May 2, 2013
A whimsical and even occasionally profound documentary about the origins of this time-honoured Jewish tune.
May 2, 2013
A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple.
April 25, 2013
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible, which makes it a perfect Rorschach test and intriguing metaphor for contemporary Jewish identity.
April 25, 2013
An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.
March 22, 2013
What does it mean? Do we really care? We should.
March 14, 2013
It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.
March 12, 2013
Balancing the anecdotal with the informative, this charming docu at once celebrates and explains the origins of the iconic Jewish tune.
March 11, 2013
As one interviewee says the song "is a melody that evokes new life, hope, and joy." The song does that and so does HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE).
March 7, 2013
The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.
March 5, 2013
Fun and illuminating...The movie as well as the song serve as fitting, entertaining testaments to the resilience of the Jewish people.
March 2, 2013
Entertainingly traces the origins of the ubiquitous song and how it became worldwide kitsch [but] gets wearyingly redundant like a party that has gone on too long.
March 1, 2013
Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.
March 1, 2013
What you get is an awful lot of filler, including every performer who ever sang "Hava Nagila," from Harry Belafonte to Glen Campbell using it as the flip side to "True Grit."
February 28, 2013
Everything you ever wanted to know about Hava Nagila but were afraid to ask, except:: 'What's the deal with the ritual of raising a chair in the air like you don't care?'
February 28, 2013
One of those rare, crowd-pleasing documentaries that compels you to tap your toes and leaves you with a great big smile on your face from ear to ear upon exiting the theater.
February 28, 2013
The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses.
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