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Yana's Friends Reviews

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
An appealing Israeli film about the resiliency needed by a small band of Russian immigrants to survive in difficult times.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 22, 2002
Sweet, sexy, and unexpectedly enchanting, "Yana's Friends" is the little feel-good comedy that could.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
The film eloquently persuades us that it is better to laugh than cry and better to make love than war, messages that never go out of date.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
The movie won 10 Israeli Academy Awards and prizes at various film festivals. It's easy to see why.
July 12, 2002
Lots of charm and likeable characters add up to a delightful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
March 11, 2003
A small surprise at the end made me feel good about the whole movie, turning an amusing but slightly bland story into a winning experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
September 26, 2001
A film whose warm-heartedness overcomes a lack of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
June 21, 2002
A tender, spirited look at love and community in the midst of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 15, 2001
An accomplished debut with heart, war and sex.
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
February 9, 2004
Portrays not only the fear that Israelis live with every day, but also the difficulties in a nation where people are arriving from all over the world, not knowing Hebrew.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2001
A warm humanity washes over this lovely film, whose message is that gestures of love, however small or awkward, are crucial to the complicated art of survival.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
October 8, 2001
Kaplun (director Arik's wife) as Yana has a knack for maintaining her dignity and her poise while struggling through her humiliating problems.
Jason Anderson
October 8, 2001
[Yana's] understated optimism and enjoyment of life gives the film much of its vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
October 9, 2001
Kaplun's smart, scrappy romantic comedy Yana's Friends displays an insouciance rarely found in Israeli film.
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
October 12, 2001
Slight though it may be, Yana's Friends is life-affirming and filled with comic spirit that erupts even at the worst of times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
October 12, 2001
One of the best date movies to come out in months.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 18, 2001
I never imagined that Yana's Friends would one day turn out to be so timely for all New Yorkers -- and indeed, all Americans.
Dave White
November 16, 2001
You aren't separated from these people even if they do live thousands of miles away.
Rachel Deahl
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2001
Amusing with one unforgettable gag, Kaplun's film does a passable job of portraying the hardships endured by immigrants but is more notable for placing a light-hearted tale in a decidedly heavy time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The treatment, both as satire and sentimentality, is heavy-handed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 19, 2002
An attention-grabbing debut.

Boston Phoenix
June 22, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 31, 2002
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Arizona Republic
February 7, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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