Nina's Tragedies - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Nina's Tragedies Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 29, 2005
Gavison's whimsical and melancholy tragicomedy keeps the Israeli-Arab conflict in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Arthur Lazere
July 24, 2005
The comedy is feather-light and the emotions are drawn on situation, rather than on genuine involvement with substantively developed characters.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 24, 2005
A film that takes in the topsy-turvy world of contemporary Tel Aviv through an adolescent's distracted glances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 8, 2005
The chief problem with this exasperating and shamelessly contrived award-winning Israeli movie: It doesn't know when to stop telling and start showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
You want to get caught up in Nadav's world and ride his emotional roller coaster, but the movie keeps you at a distance (like watching through a window).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 29, 2005
Passing eccentricities of character, but serious trouble staging honest and coherent emotional scenes....a surplus of preciousness and a deficit of truth-ringing reality.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 13, 2005
A film about the whole panoply of life and love and death, blah blah blah.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Harvey S. Karten
February 11, 2005
Bland and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 25, 2005
Director/writer Savi Gabizon has a great idea. But he ruins it by devoting too much time to colorful but unnecessary characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
March 24, 2005
Casts an ambitious net that ultimately falls out of the control of writer-director Savi Gabizon.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 25, 2005
No amount of style or good acting can disguise the fact that this downbeat Israeli comedy is little more than a sudsy soap-opera with a distinctly unsavory aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2005
If, at times, he lays on the surrealist touches with a trowel, it's a small price to pay for the goofy tenderness with which he ministers to his hapless, self-absorbed characters, and bestows on them a hard-won peace.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 18, 2005
The path to the grave is often a bumpy fusion of the serene and the shrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
December 6, 2005
Ayelet Zorer gives Nina grace, sexiness and a real personality. She's someone you'd want to see a movie about, though maybe you'd wish the movie were a little more polished than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2005
Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 18, 2005
The boy's adjustments to Nina and her emotional tempests comes with flashes of comedy, the poignancy of lost and reclaimed love, a sprinkle of shame, and some silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 12, 2005
It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
June 3, 2005
Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 21, 2005
A sad little comedy with enough surprises to keep the viewer guessing, and fine performances by all.
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