Yentl Reviews

  • Jul 14, 2020

    Terribly cast and absolutely laughable. The only bright spot is Irving.

    Terribly cast and absolutely laughable. The only bright spot is Irving.

  • Apr 16, 2020

    A STRONG STORY SHOWN WITH A GENTLE TOUCH. I don't know why I took so long to watch this movie… it's wonderful. Beautifully written and beautifully put on screen. Barbara Streisand is adorable, impossible not to get attached to her character. A story that has been shown with a gentle touch saying strong matters. I don't even like musicals too much, but this is much more than that, this is a memoir. A deep tale of a jewish girl in 1904 who is passionate about studying and to do so she fakes to be a man to be accepted in school. It's an intrinsic story, accompanied by her incredible voice that pierce your soul. Yentl is a girl full of passion, full of determination and full of love. Alone. Never forgetting her dad's lessons and keeping him in her heart, she goes through absurd situations that will make her stronger, and will make her fight for women's rights. The story is shown with love in a majestic way. Impossible not to keep Yentl in your heart after having spent two hours with her. Wonderful. Wonderful…

    A STRONG STORY SHOWN WITH A GENTLE TOUCH. I don't know why I took so long to watch this movie… it's wonderful. Beautifully written and beautifully put on screen. Barbara Streisand is adorable, impossible not to get attached to her character. A story that has been shown with a gentle touch saying strong matters. I don't even like musicals too much, but this is much more than that, this is a memoir. A deep tale of a jewish girl in 1904 who is passionate about studying and to do so she fakes to be a man to be accepted in school. It's an intrinsic story, accompanied by her incredible voice that pierce your soul. Yentl is a girl full of passion, full of determination and full of love. Alone. Never forgetting her dad's lessons and keeping him in her heart, she goes through absurd situations that will make her stronger, and will make her fight for women's rights. The story is shown with love in a majestic way. Impossible not to keep Yentl in your heart after having spent two hours with her. Wonderful. Wonderful…

  • Jul 28, 2019

    Wonderful music and historical setting!

    Wonderful music and historical setting!

  • Jan 26, 2019

    An interesting cultural story about love and women going to Jewish University. The music was good, but not memorable.

    An interesting cultural story about love and women going to Jewish University. The music was good, but not memorable.

  • Jan 24, 2019

    It's a good story, but I gave it 3 stars because it was rather too feminist. There's the "coming out" scene where Anschel reveals his true identity to Avigdor. Avigdor has the appropriate 1905 reaction of anger, fear, disgust, and confusion. But then he calms down and listens with understanding. That's where it becomes unbelievable. Any other man in 1905 Poland would have killed Yentl/ had the community kill Yentl, with the Rabbi's blessing/ beaten her to a bloody pulp, and then kick her out/ or just kick her out. At best she could've been imprisoned. Instead Yentl and Avigdor tenderly confess each other's love for each other. When Avigdor considers marriage with her, assuming she'll end her studies, Yentl disagrees. He asks "Why? What do you want?", Yentl answers "More." That "More." is not appropriate nor meaningful. It's some kind of modern-day feminist cliché placed in the middle of a tragic storm. C'mon! Wedding vows have been exchanged, man secrets have been revealed, people's hearts are breaking and expanding, sexual desire is smoldering. And Yentl says More? What does that even mean? The bottom line is Yentl kept in a secret that could have had severe consequences. Imagine, what if Yentl was NOT a pretty woman? What if she in fact was quite masculine, instead of boyish? What if Avigdor had not wanted her? What if Anschel had been just rejected at seminar for being homosexual, or too effeminate? Streisand's singing is GREAT, though. And as a period piece, quite authentic.

    It's a good story, but I gave it 3 stars because it was rather too feminist. There's the "coming out" scene where Anschel reveals his true identity to Avigdor. Avigdor has the appropriate 1905 reaction of anger, fear, disgust, and confusion. But then he calms down and listens with understanding. That's where it becomes unbelievable. Any other man in 1905 Poland would have killed Yentl/ had the community kill Yentl, with the Rabbi's blessing/ beaten her to a bloody pulp, and then kick her out/ or just kick her out. At best she could've been imprisoned. Instead Yentl and Avigdor tenderly confess each other's love for each other. When Avigdor considers marriage with her, assuming she'll end her studies, Yentl disagrees. He asks "Why? What do you want?", Yentl answers "More." That "More." is not appropriate nor meaningful. It's some kind of modern-day feminist cliché placed in the middle of a tragic storm. C'mon! Wedding vows have been exchanged, man secrets have been revealed, people's hearts are breaking and expanding, sexual desire is smoldering. And Yentl says More? What does that even mean? The bottom line is Yentl kept in a secret that could have had severe consequences. Imagine, what if Yentl was NOT a pretty woman? What if she in fact was quite masculine, instead of boyish? What if Avigdor had not wanted her? What if Anschel had been just rejected at seminar for being homosexual, or too effeminate? Streisand's singing is GREAT, though. And as a period piece, quite authentic.

  • Jun 16, 2018

    This movie sends out really good message and i personally really like the acting but I've herd a few people I know say that they don't love it. its so amazing and so is the music so i would really recommend watching this

    This movie sends out really good message and i personally really like the acting but I've herd a few people I know say that they don't love it. its so amazing and so is the music so i would really recommend watching this

  • Jun 02, 2018

    Proper movie-making. Great songs. Great performances.

    Proper movie-making. Great songs. Great performances.

  • Dec 09, 2017

    Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Quite dull. Had heaps of potential in terms of a pro-gender-equality message and to highlight the unnecessary restrictions placed on women in society. However, this theme isn't developed very well, being fairly predictable in its progression. The main theme also gets relegated to a sideshow due to the Yentl-Avigdor-Hadass love triangle and the repercussions of Yentl posing as a man. The story ends up being quite dull and farcical. What's worse, it's a musical, and the music is mediocre at best. Only worth watching for the cultural references in other movies and TV shows (mainly comedies).

    Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Quite dull. Had heaps of potential in terms of a pro-gender-equality message and to highlight the unnecessary restrictions placed on women in society. However, this theme isn't developed very well, being fairly predictable in its progression. The main theme also gets relegated to a sideshow due to the Yentl-Avigdor-Hadass love triangle and the repercussions of Yentl posing as a man. The story ends up being quite dull and farcical. What's worse, it's a musical, and the music is mediocre at best. Only worth watching for the cultural references in other movies and TV shows (mainly comedies).

  • Nov 21, 2016

    The songs were awful, wandering, pointless, void of depth. The plot had real potential but got bogged down in awkwardness by the middle, and though the ending was perfectly acceptable it felt a little like hitting a neglected theme note. On the up side both of the leads were very strong. A well acted movie, but even that couldn't save it. Just like Barbara's voice couldn't save the music. Still, there were several truly enjoyable well written scenes, all in the early Yeshiva days, that I wouldn't mind seeing again.

    The songs were awful, wandering, pointless, void of depth. The plot had real potential but got bogged down in awkwardness by the middle, and though the ending was perfectly acceptable it felt a little like hitting a neglected theme note. On the up side both of the leads were very strong. A well acted movie, but even that couldn't save it. Just like Barbara's voice couldn't save the music. Still, there were several truly enjoyable well written scenes, all in the early Yeshiva days, that I wouldn't mind seeing again.

  • Nov 11, 2016

    A real surprise: if you can accept the ridiculous premise and the fact that Barbra Streisand looks about as masculine as Sophia Loren, this is actually a good musical. It's helped hugely by a lovely score from Michel Legrand, uncharacteristically restrained performances from Streisand and Mandy Patinkin, and good direction again from Streisand. It's overlong, and Amy Irving seems to have been lobotomised, but otherwise far better than you'd expect.

    A real surprise: if you can accept the ridiculous premise and the fact that Barbra Streisand looks about as masculine as Sophia Loren, this is actually a good musical. It's helped hugely by a lovely score from Michel Legrand, uncharacteristically restrained performances from Streisand and Mandy Patinkin, and good direction again from Streisand. It's overlong, and Amy Irving seems to have been lobotomised, but otherwise far better than you'd expect.