Jerusalem (2013)



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Through the unrivaled beauty and visceral nature of the IMAX (R) experience, JERUSALEM seeks to increase public understanding and appreciation for Jerusalem's historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic uniqueness, as well as highlighting some of the intersections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (c) Official Facebook
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Jerusalem

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Magnificently scenic but fatally bland ...

Full Review… | March 21, 2015
Top Critic

You can all but feel the heat of blazing candles in the Orthodox pre-Easter ritual of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most impressive scene in a dazzling film.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Toronto Star
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The film is at its most moving, paradoxically, when the camera gets down to street level, seeming to squeeze, for example, into a small shop in the walled Old City, where two men play backgammon amid claustrophobically over-hung racks of trinkets.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Washington Post
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Laudable for turning armchair tourism into a breathtaking experience - a viewer can truly feel as if he or she has gone inside a number of fantastic, ancient places.

September 26, 2013
Seattle Times
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This IMAX spectacular largely does what it's supposed to: fascinate, educate, and visually wow the audience, in 45 minutes or less.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Boston Globe
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The film effectively answers why this one place, not even a square kilometre in size, is such prime religious real estate, but it barely gestures toward the blood that has been paid for it.

March 11, 2014

Audience Reviews for Jerusalem


This 'documentary' is not really a documentary. It was more like a highfalutin, candy-coated idea of what Jerusalem ought to be according to the director and not what it is in actuality. It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that Jerusalem isn't just this idealistic presentation that is being spoon-fed to the audience and unfortunately that's all it appears to indicate. I think I was being quite generous giving this two and a half stars.

Der Dionysus
Der Dionysus

A dazzlingly shot and very interesting introduction to Jerusalem's three main religious and cultural groups. There's only so deep a 45-minute once-over can go, but this is a fine place to start.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

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