Protocols of Zion

Critics Consensus

Levin takes viewers on a personal journey, laying bare the ugly and varied faces of anti-Semitism.



Total Count: 58


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Near the dawn of the 20th century, underlings of Czar Nicholas II created a book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to be the outline of a master plan created by powerful Jews determined to rule the world. First published in 1903, the essay was a hoax (and was revealed as such for the first time in 1921 by the London Times), but that hasn't prevented it from having a long and troubling life as a widely distributed cornerstone of anti-Semitic hate literature; it's still in print around the world, and was adapted for Egyptian television in the new millennium. When filmmaker Marc Levin was confronted with another widely disseminated bit of anti-Jewish propaganda (the false assertion that no Jews died in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001), he developed a new curiosity about the Protocols and other "factual" sources of anti-Semitic hatred, and set out to find out more about anti-Jewish propaganda. The result was Protocols of Zion, a documentary which offers a surprising (and surprisingly witty) look at figures from the hate movement in America in elsewhere, ranging from leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance (who also sells Aryan Wear footwear) to an anti-Semitic media analyst who announces that Rupert Murdoch is actually a Jew. The film also examines Henry Ford's well-documented hatred of Jews, anti-Semitism among radical African-Americans, and the memories of Levin's father, a self-described "All-American Jew."


Critic Reviews for Protocols of Zion

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23)

  • The only civilized response to this display of abject ignorance, hatred and bigotry is one of anguished despair, but Levin's film enlightens as much as it enrages.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's probably useful for the world to know the extreme lengths to which bigotry is willing to travel; Protocols may not be the best-made documentary, but it definitely fills in those blanks.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: B-
  • Protocols ultimately lacks the focus and the scope to have much effect beyond causing us to shake our heads in dismay at the usual suspects: ignorance and those who would exploit it.

    Dec 16, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Levin's film is most effective as it objectively documents the history of international anti-Semitism, but loses ground whenever it reverts back to anecdotal coverage of the subject.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Rambling and disjointed, Protocols of Zion starts out pretty interesting and then begins skidding all over the place, losing focus just as it should be building momentum.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Purporting to look at the roots of modern-day anti-Semitism, Levin only has eyes for a well-worn checklist of Jew-haters and oppressors, his shoddy search for answers turning up not a single one.

    Dec 8, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Protocols of Zion

  • Oct 31, 2006
    What begins as an interesting personal journey by Levin into contemporary anti-semitism unfortunately loses its focus giving too much prominence to wackos.
    J H Super Reviewer

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