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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness Reviews

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July 11, 2013
Dorman strikes the perfect balance between the work and the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 24, 2012
Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2012
Audiences interested in Jewish literature will find Laughing in the Darkness compelling for its deep analysis of Aleichem's works, featuring a selection of experts and the writer's granddaughter, Bel Kaufman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2011
In the end, you're certainly inspired to read Aleichem, but not necessarily to watch Dorman's film again.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 7, 2011
[An] absorbing PBS-style documentary.
October 28, 2011
Throughout the film, Dorman uses ethnographic and silent-cinema footage, along with ubiquitous klezmer music, to paint a picture of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2011
.... a thoughtful, if also conventional, overview of Aleichem's life and work, mixing straight history and biography with quotations from his writings...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 19, 2011
It's a history lesson that also shows art informing the events, even changing them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2011
... a swift, fascinating 93 minutes ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2011
One needn't be a student of the history or literature of the period to appreciate this excellent portrait of a fascinating and important figure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2011
A rich, winning documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
The film adroitly sets the writer's works, his triumphs and tribulations, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period for European Jewry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 22, 2011
Dorman makes the case that Aleichem is the source from whence flows modern Jewish humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2011
It's good, but I'd wait for TV.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2011
Dorman's portrait is engrossing, but his Ken Burns style doesn't match his subject's vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2011
No Fiddling with 'Sholem Aleichem' Legacy
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
August 25, 2011
This is a person you'd enjoy spending time with and learning from. That's certainly the case with Dorman's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2011
Wonderfully rich, like one of Tevye's monologues, Joseph Dorman's "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" captures the spirit of a man and his times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 25, 2011
There are many scholars and critics here, most of them useful and pleasant, who obviously love him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
There's much more to Aleichem the man and the writer than just the musings of a milkman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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