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Yossi Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
January 25, 2013
The film keeps its focus small, but the trouble is, the characters' emotions stay that way, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2013
Eytan Fox depicts modern gay life and contemporary Tel Aviv with sympathy and knowing insight, and he excels at creating casual rapport among actors; yet in film after film he undermines these gifts with hamfisted melodramatic plotting.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 21, 2013
Hovers somewhere between a realistic take on love and the vision of romance sold by drugstore novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 30, 2012
Dour and obvious, this is a disappointing footnote to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 23, 2013
The perfectly sculpted, entirely sure-of-himself Tom ultimately seems more of a construct than a character, his carefree nature shaped almost entirely by the very wish-fulfillment clichés that the movie otherwise sidesteps.m his mostly self-created shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 21, 2013
The film's pacing sputters as Fox drags Yossi through dreary scenes of self-denying repression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 8, 2013
Yossi is a stronger film than its predecessor, more deeply felt and less reliant on love-story conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
November 28, 2012
A tender Israeli drama with a gorgeous soundtrack and a truly sympathetic character at its heart ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
March 7, 2013
Fox has graduated from amateur to modest professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Deming
TV Guide
January 25, 2013
Eytan Fox and screenwriter Itay Segal have made this a truly universal story about a man who finds the courage to pursue the possibility of love again after heartbreak and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2013
It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 8, 2013
"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Filled with many of the awkward life moments that many gay men will recognise, as well as a freshly lensed look at the new Israel, Yossi is a strong and touching take on grief.
Top Critic
January 24, 2013
Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2013
An affecting and admirably unsentimental portrait of lost love.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2013
"Yossi" offers genuine pleasures (even some of Fox's trademark musical numbers).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
January 24, 2013
The film is at its finest as a catalogue of Yossi's unspoken ache, less so when it begins to flirt with the clichés of the love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Barnes
Guardian
November 29, 2012
It's a film full of tenderness, resting on a tremendous, sad performance from Knoller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 29, 2012
[A] slight but tenderly played drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
February 21, 2013
...[Knoller's] portrayal of a person locked in his own grief is both realistic and sympathetic, and Fox brings events to a conclusion that is more than worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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