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The Hebrew Hammer Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 9, 2005
Corny and crude at times, but effective in its single-minded pursuit of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 21, 2004
[E]nds up veering from ridiculous but pointed commentary into abusing and insulting those [the film] intends to champion...
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2004
Profane, shockingly un-PC and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is the sort of parody that the folks who made the Airplane and Naked Gun movies used to make -- funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 9, 2004
Everybody needs a little burlesque fun with his digital reprogramming, and the politically incorrect good times barely let up in this story.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 8, 2004
A scattershot assortment of jokes that is funniest when it sticks to its neat premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2004
Kesselman keeps the movie crackling with the raucous energy absent since Mel Brooks' heyday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Desperation is the project's principal quality.
January 9, 2004
The movie starts out hilarious but like The Hammer's Jewish mother, it starts to nag at you after awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 2, 2004
The movie hits as much as it misses, with enough witty observations to ensure that somewhere, Kesselman's mother is kvelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Rooney
December 23, 2003
Kesselman's thin script generally is funniest when it's riffing on Jewish stereotypes and goyish bigotry.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
December 20, 2003
An insubstantial but highly entertaining flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2003
A crass, sophomoric and, more to the point, offensively unfunny parody.

E! Online
December 19, 2003
Doesn't quite nail it, but it's not as bad as it sounds, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 19, 2003
Uneven, profane and occasionally flat-out hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
December 19, 2003
A hit-and-miss affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
December 19, 2003
plays like a lower (much, much lower) budgeted, Jewish version of Malcolm Lee's funnier Undercover Brother
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 18, 2003
Would have worked brilliantly as a five-minute late-night comedy sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2003
Unfunny rather than outrageous as intended.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
December 18, 2003
You may not always laugh at it. But you can't help indulging its junior-high jitters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
The corker-to-groaner ratio heavily favors the latter as the bagel-and-dreidel jokes begin to lose their spark, as does the story.
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