Orthodox Stance

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For the last 60 years, the term "Jewish boxer" has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 24 year-old Russian immigrant is making history as a top professional boxer and a rigorously observant Jew. While providing an intimate, 3-year long look at the trials and tribulations faced by an up and coming professional boxer, ORTHODOX STANCE is a portrait of seemingly incompatible cultures and characters working together to support Dmitriy's rare and remarkable devotion to both Orthodox Judaism and the pursuit of a professional boxing title.


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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

  • Salita is such a careful, reined-in fellow that one comes away wanting to have seen much more of the men around him.

    Apr 10, 2008
  • While it might have made for an intriguing segment on a television newsmagazine show, doesn't sustain itself over the course of a feature-length film.

    Feb 14, 2008
  • Hutt's straightforward presentation tends to flatten out pic's anomalies instead of highlighting them.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • Salita doesn't see many other conflicts in his twin passions -- which, ultimately, makes for a less-than-gripping story. He's a likable guy and we're happy to watch his successes, but the movie lacks the emotional punch needed to knock us out.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the intriguingly layered documentary Orthodox Stance, a determined young boxer strives to prove that the laws of God and the laws of the ring need not be at odds.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • Well-meaning but fairly dull.

    Jan 24, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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