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August 12, 2011
A highly accessible and sharply drawn film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2011
Ddon't let the tongue-tying title deter you: this doc's a grabber. Filmmaker Joseph Dorman strikes Aleichem's story with gusto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2011
Joseph Dorman's intelligent if conventional bio-doc of Sholem Aleichem proves particularly revealing, since the famed, dandyish Yiddish writer led a life as full of colorful ironies as the motormouth schlemiels that populate his stories.
July 11, 2011
Adding a panel to the growing literature of Jewish folklore, this vivid, absorbing portrait illuminates the life and work of one of the most beloved Jewish figures, known until now as the writer of Tevye the Milkman (Fiddler on the Roof).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 9, 2011
A combination of erudition and inspiration so rare in documentary film. It made me want to rush out and read some Sholem Aleichem, something I never would have dreamed of in a million years. Bravo!
July 8, 2011
Joseph Dorman's new documentary 'Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness' is a remarkably thorough and fascinating look at Sholem Aleichem's life and how his writing has continued to flourish
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 8, 2011
Straightforward yet surprising, Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness lives up to its subject's formidable output.
July 8, 2011
A simultaneously fascinating, captivating, thorough and insightful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.18/10
July 8, 2011
A fitting tribute (or introduction) to a writer whose work still rings true in its understanding of human foibles, even as the language it is written in fades into obscurity.
July 8, 2011
It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2011
Starts off looking like a glorified DVD extra for "Fiddler on the Roof," but it eventually becomes a far more gemutlich portrait of the creator of Tevye the Milkman, who took the pen name of Sholem Aleichem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2011
A well-done documentary on the life and work of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, a masterful chronicler of Jewish culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 5, 2011
In the spirit of the Sholem Aleichem oeuvre, Laughing in the Darkness is a collective family album.
July 3, 2011
The equation of biography and literary output never feels overly schematic, thanks to the range of intelligent voices on hand to explain the richness and deeper significance of Aleichem's deceptively simple tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 2, 2011
A portrait of a people living in constant hardship and keeping themselves sane with a bit of humor. The telling is as sweet as honey cake and as bitter as horseradish.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 28, 2011
A poignant, insightful documentary, illuminating a specific segment of our cultural heritage.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 19, 2011
An invigorating and fascinating biographical documentary that should be required viewing for anyone with a love for the written word.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2011
Vivid look at life in the Jewish shtetl which gave rise to Sholem Aleichem and his stories.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 28, 2011
Poignant first-rate documentary on the prolific Yiddish literary figure who went by the pen name of Sholem Aleichem.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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