Hava Nagila: The Movie - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hava Nagila: The Movie Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.
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Donald Liebenson
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 25, 2013
An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 7, 2013
The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
February 28, 2013
The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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February 28, 2013
Grossman finds lively, often passionate and funny interpreters - among them rabbis, historians, musicologists and klezmer musicians - to guide us through the song's many transformations.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 28, 2013
Anyone who grew up dancing to "Hava Nagila" at weddings and bar mitzvahs may be interested to learn the song's origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
Patronizing from toe to chin, the film opts continually for self-congratulation and cheesy aphorism, and could've-should've been comfortable slotted into a half hour of airtime on TJC.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2013
This richly entertaining documentary relates the history of the ubiquitous song that has been covered by everyone from Lena Horne to Elvis.