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Holy Rollers Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 12, 2010
It feels more like a character novelty than anything else, and this potentially unique material is not really explored to its fullest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 9, 2010
t's a familiar story -- Nice Kid gets mixed up in Bad Things -- but as first-time feature director Kevin Asch tells it, there's extra potency to the contrast between the Nice and the Bad.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Holy Rollers - the title strikes me as unfortunately glib and tone deaf - is basically two movies in one: a genuinely involving character drama and a by-the-numbers crime story/ cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 25, 2010
It's not a terrible movie, but all the way through you feel as if you've already seen it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2010
They don't reinvent the gangster genre, but the spin they put on it is intriguing enough to make it seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 18, 2010
It's sadder and scarier than its predecessors, but it also may be the most important chapter in the tale.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 18, 2010
Sadly, the movie doesn't reveal much on either the cultural/religious side or the crime side, but it's mildly entertaining as a coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 18, 2010
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 18, 2010
[It's] so pretentiously blurred and weirdly framed I've seen better-looking surveillance tapes in documentaries. There's also a tedious romance. But the moral dilemma at the heart of Holy Rollers is so compelling I'd recommend it anyway.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 17, 2010
The film is slight, but Eisenberg is a deadpan delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2010
As a thriller, it's bubkes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 12, 2010
An interesting failure.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
June 11, 2010
The tense dynamic between these two fine actors, not to mention Asch's confident feel for New York City circa the late-1990s, keeps this slightly undercooked but wholly engrossing melodrama on course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2010
Holy Rollers offers an intriguing portrait of an insular community, but its recounting of the seduction of a bright young man by the surrounding culture is heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
I think [Eisenberg is] a much more astute and detailed actor then some people give him credit for.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
Eisenberg showed this character's dilemma in, I thought, a really smart way.
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
June 4, 2010
Like Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg is seriously in danger of playing the same guy over and over. Or maybe Cera and Eisenberg ARE the same guy. At least the hair's different this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 4, 2010
How could such a high concept sink so low?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 4, 2010
It feels like too many character corners were cut, removing the depth that would make the proceedings believable, and leaving only the cliché.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 3, 2010
Inspired by an actual late-1990s case in which young Orthodox Brooklynites served as mules for an international drug ring, Holy Rollers has a great dramatic premise and no idea where to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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