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Critic Reviews for Jerusalem
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.
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.
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.
This IMAX spectacular largely does what it's supposed to: fascinate, educate, and visually wow the audience, in 45 minutes or less.
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.
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.
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.
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