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Holy Rollers Reviews

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Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
May 9, 2011
Beautifully, atmospherically shot and sporting a great soundtrack, this is an otherwise quite dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 8, 2011
Dramatically uneven though well-performed and competently directed, Holy Rollers features an intriguing premise yet treads thin ice when battling an inconsistent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 7, 2011
It just feels content to glide along ... and if it wasn't for Eisenberg being his usual quirky and mildly entertaining self, would feel uneven ... and rather erratic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Zingale
May 19, 2010
Drug smuggling is supposed to be a dangerous profession, but for the characters in Holy Rollers, it feels more like a chore -- much like watching the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2010
Everything about this seems so unique, so weird, so interesting... so how did it end up just another rise and fall of a drug dealer story, just with a Yiddish accent?
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
July 7, 2011
The film is slow, sometimes confusing and not very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 3, 2010
The movie relates to its story as Sam relates to women: Look, talk, but don't get too close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 20, 2010
The film is said to have been inspired by a true story, but the inspiration was insufficient, even though Mr. Asch has a strong sense of place and displays a confident touch with some of the action sequences.
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
May 18, 2010
Failing to generate either excitement as a crime story or credibility as a morality play, the film ultimately confirms the traditional values that helped push its confused lead to the brink of damnation in the first place.
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
July 7, 2011
The problem is that it's not terribly dramatic, despite good central performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha.
| Original Score: 2/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
July 8, 2011
Holy Rollers is based on true events but it lacks any spark of originality.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 26, 2010
Jesse Eisenberg gives an emotive, sympathetic performance as a man caught between two worlds, but eventually genre conventionality undoes this potentially novel crime story.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 20, 2010
Tackles an intriguing premise, but squanders its opportunity to be brave and powerful because of its lazy, pedestrian screenplay that fails to breath any life into its characters and to profoundly explore its provocative issues about faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.95/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 3, 2011
If ecstasy was as boring as this film about it then the war on drugs would've been over 25 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 17, 2010
Provides a fascinating glimpse into a cloistered culture even as it conforms to a rather stale narrative mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
May 17, 2010
...the much-hyped Holy Rollers squanders the fascination inherent in its story of a young Hasidic man who becomes involved in smuggling Ecstasy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 6, 2011
This is moviemaking on autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
May 20, 2010
It takes effort to overlook the predictability of the picture, but those who take the leap are rewarded with inspired performances and a rich sense of location, nicely peppered with a few euphoric techno anthems.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
May 16, 2010
Jesse Eisenberg runs the risk of becoming a parody of his own invention in this wrongheaded attempt by newbie director Kevin Asch at telling a potentially interesting true story in an all too prosaic way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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