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Holy Rollers (2010)

Holy Rollers (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Despite a promising premise and a solid central performance from Jesse Eisenberg, Holy Rollers lacks the depth necessary to overcome its cliched script.

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"Holy Rollers" is inspired by actual events in the late 1990s when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States. It is the story of a young Hasid from an Orthodox Brooklyn community whose neighbor propositions him to transport "medicine" for an Israeli dealer and his girlfriend. He is exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, and as the business grows, his double life begins to rip his family apart and the community becomes suspicious of his illegal activities. Caught between life as a smuggler and the path back to God, he goes on the run, forced to make a fatal decision that could bring the entire operation crashing down.

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Cast

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as Ephraim
Mark Ivanir
as Mendel Gold
David Vadim
as Mr. Maxim
Ori Pfeffer
as Israeli Gangster
Andrew Levitas
as Great Necker #1
Marc Rose
as Great Necker #2
Omer Barnea
as Dutch Hasidic Man
Karina Arroyave
as Fabric Customer
Eli Gelb Young
as Hasidic Mule
Evan Mathew Weinstein
as Young Hasid Father
Court Young
as Customs Officer
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Critic Reviews for Holy Rollers

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (28)

This is moviemaking on autopilot.

July 6, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's not a terrible movie, but all the way through you feel as if you've already seen it.

June 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/4

It's sadder and scarier than its predecessors, but it also may be the most important chapter in the tale.

June 18, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The scenes of family conflict are sketchily dramatized. We never get to the place where the two parts of Sam's personality meet -- the devoted son and sharp-dealing criminal.

June 18, 2010 | Full Review…

The film is slight, but Eisenberg is a deadpan delight.

June 17, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As a thriller, it's bubkes.

June 17, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Holy Rollers

½

Feeling left in the slow lane of life, New York Orthodox Jews try drug running for awhile, trading on their outsider status. Families disapprove, but they do improve the drug-running game, because they're good with money ... ! Oy.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

An interesting idea executed in an un-interesting way, 'Holy Rollers' had my attention, but due to a lack of interesting characters and some serious pacing issues failed to hit the mark.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

½

For a movie based on a true story about Hasidic Jews working as drug mules trafficking ecstasy in the late 90s this movie was really dull. Sure, maybe the limitations are the result of this being a low budget indie, but I think it would have been worse as a big budget major studio affair. The real issue is that the idea is inspired, but the script, direction, and acting are all lacking. I liked the idea of a young guy torn between religious studies and making tons of money in the drug trade, but they really dropped the ball with the concept here. It all felt rehashed, unoriginal, and jut kinda blah. It doesn't help that the lead is done by Jesse Eisenberg. I like him, but he just doesn't really appear to be trying here. Justin Bartha however is awesome. He gives the best performance, is the most interesting character, and the focus clearly should have been on him. I wasn't totally bored, but I didn't really care a whole lot either. Also, the washed out look really didn't fit for me and seemed unnecessary. You could see it, but I would ONLY recommend it for hardcore completists.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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