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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Oren Rehany
as Mendy
Saul Stein
as Mike
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
Igor Mirkorbanov
as Vladimir
Alon Dahan
as Reb Nochom
Rav Shmuel
as Singing Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for The Holy Land

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A bit of a mess.

November 1, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

October 31, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Holy Land


The peyes being cut as a symbol of disillusionment is pretty poignant and sad. Rather depressing movie but pure talent from the mostly unknown actors.

harrison hayes
harrison hayes

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