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Holy Rollers Reviews

July 6, 2011
This is moviemaking on autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 25, 2010
It's not a terrible movie, but all the way through you feel as if you've already seen it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2010
It's sadder and scarier than its predecessors, but it also may be the most important chapter in the tale.
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.
June 17, 2010
The film is slight, but Eisenberg is a deadpan delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 17, 2010
As a thriller, it's bubkes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 7, 2010
I think [Eisenberg is] a much more astute and detailed actor then some people give him credit for.
June 7, 2010
Eisenberg showed this character's dilemma in, I thought, a really smart way.
June 4, 2010
How could such a high concept sink so low?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
June 3, 2010
This lackluster indie proves that the flattening power of cliche can trump even the most exotic social setting.
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
May 26, 2010
Holy Rollers feels staged and exoticized in the way stories about insular communities often do when told by outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 21, 2010
Eisenberg is such a solid, serious young actor that the film plays as social problem drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 21, 2010
Mr. Eisenberg and particularly Mr. Bartha give appropriately twitchy, live-wire performances, and the film tells its basically bleak story lucidly and with touches of dark humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2010
Eisenberg never makes Sam's seduction entirely convincing, and Asch goes so far out of his way to avoid sensationalizing the material that Holy Rollers is a bit of a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
May 20, 2010
Holy Rollers never quite catches fire ... still, it's an often evocative dip into unique territory fleshed out by a highly convincing cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 20, 2010
Holy Rollers tells a startling, true story about drugs and religion in a manner so respectfully muted, it's hard not to wish first-time director Kevin Asch had tarted it up a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 20, 2010
Holy Rollers gives a fascinating story the low-rent TV-movie treatment. Ecstasy profiteers and Hasidic Jews both deserve better than Asch's glum slog through their disparate worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 19, 2010
It's gratifying to see Eisenberg move past nerdy-cutie parts; his slim shoulders, it seems, are capable of handling more than Michael Cera's leftovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 19, 2010
Part of the film's ability to hold attention must be credited to the guileless sincerity of Jesse Eisenberg's performance.
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.
May 17, 2010
Holy Rollers fuses a somber, old-world palette with a jittery urban unease -- a good mix of tones. It's also wonderfully acted.
January 27, 2010
Intriguing setting can't overcome conventional storytelling.
January 26, 2010
Asch's first feature is intelligent, respectable yet curiously muted in tone and impact, never fully catching the viewer up in either its crime saga or its account of individual rebellion within an insular religious community.