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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Anita Li
Toronto Star
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2011
[An] absorbing PBS-style documentary.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2011
A rich, winning documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
August 12, 2011
A highly accessible and sharply drawn film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
In the spirit of the Sholem Aleichem oeuvre, Laughing in the Darkness is a collective family album.