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Jakob the Liar Reviews

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January 3, 2009
So sternly manipulative that it becomes a chore to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2007
Jakob the Liar isn't nearly as intolerable as you might expect of a Holocaust fable starring Robin Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2002
A sober drama about hope as a postive spiritual force.
January 1, 2000
The film anticipates all laughter and emotion in ways that make it its own worst enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
I am of the depressing opinion that Williams is growing less assured as an actor in his 'serious' roles with every passing year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 1, 2000
Williams is seriously miscast, and his presence in the movie damages its credibility and effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar wants the freedom of the Benigni film but doesn't want to pay the dues.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Sluggish!
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar can't embrace the tragedy of the Holocaust.
January 1, 2000
Jakob will have audiences wondering why they're sitting through two hours of Holocaust horrors with so little to drive the plot.
January 1, 2000
Peter Kassovitz establishes an effectively grim, cramped yet barren setting, making respectful use of locations in Poland and Budapest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
If telling lies can save a people, he reasons, let the stories - and those fictional tanks - roll.
January 1, 2000
Even though director Peter Kassovitz tries hard to reproduce the soul-chilling despair of the ghetto, truth eludes Jakob The Liar.
January 1, 2000
Well-acted and deftly written and directed.
January 1, 2000
Williams contributes one of his most subtle, relatively restrained performances, moving us with a gentle gesture or a fearful glance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
As noble an effort this is, released a week after Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, it will only receive second-class accommodations from the movie-going public.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Seems forced, calculating, self-conscious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
None of these reliable performers can put enough spin on their roles to conjure up more than the good will they've earned in previous and better movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
We have the old Robin Williams here -- the Robin Williams of Moscow on the Hudson and The World According to Garp.
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