The Holy Land (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Holy Land (2003)



Critic Consensus: This messy coming-of-age tale is of interest only because of where the story takes place.

Movie Info

A coming-of-age saga set against the tense backdrop of Arab-Israeli politics. Mendy is a young Rabbinical student whose mind is too full of curiosity about the world that exists outside the restrictions of Orthodox Judaism. Recognizing his distraction, Mendy's teacher suggests that he visit a prostitute to "get it out of his system." But on a fateful night, when he meets Sacha, a captivating Russian expatriate, who works in a Tel Aviv bordello, his appetite for outside experience only grows stronger.


Arie Moskuna
as The Exterminator
Aryeh Moskuna
as The Exterminator
Liat Bayn
as Mendy's Mother
Yehoyachim Friedlander
as Mendy's Father
Mosko Alkalai
as Prof. Milan
Harel Nof
as Reuven
Jenny Flysher
as The Boss
Gregury Tal
as Boris the Goon
Alon Dahan
as Reb Nochom
Rav Shmuel
as Singing Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for The Holy Land

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (22)

Casts intriguing characters in interesting situations but leaves them adrift in a disjointed narrative that gives away its conclusion too early.

November 28, 2003 | Full Review…

Too many characters, each too quickly drawn, hobble the film's momentum.

November 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A bit of a mess.

November 1, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

[Gorlin] tries to bring in too many elements without laying the groundwork for them or placing them in context.

October 31, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Fails to capture the anguish and struggles of an ultra-Orthodox Jew adapting to a more secular world.

October 16, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists.

October 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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