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Yossi Reviews

March 22, 2013
Knoller is wonderful as the emotionally cut-off, yet vulnerable Yossi, who yearns for something more from life, but feels both terror at the prospect and unworthiness to claim it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2013
Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film - too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2013
It's serious about its characters and their emotions, but still finds room for humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2013
"Yossi" has an air of lightness but never feels insignificant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
March 7, 2013
Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 21, 2013
The several allusions to Thomas Mann's forbidden-love novel "Death in Venice" are apt, but "Yossi" is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
February 14, 2013
"Yossi" offers genuine pleasures (even some of Fox's trademark musical numbers).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2013
It's a slight but uplifting charmer that serves as a feel-good bookend to the sadder first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2013
Predictable if measured uplift aside, Fox keeps "Yossi" effortlessly affecting, graced with deadpan humor and a knowingness about lonely lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
Beneath its economical story line, "Yossi" is also about leaving the past behind in a larger, national, more metaphysical fashion, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 24, 2013
"Yossi" tells the beautifully acted but overly sentimental story of a man's emotional rebirth in a more sexually liberated era. It is also a pointed portrayal of the revolution in social attitudes inside the most liberal and secularized of Israeli cities.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2013
An affecting and admirably unsentimental portrait of lost love.
Top Critic
January 24, 2013
Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.
January 24, 2013
The film's central romance veers into the realm of wish-fulfillment, but it's still drawn with tenderness and sensitivity ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2013
His struggles remain compelling, thanks to Knoller's sad-eyed authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 22, 2013
Ten years later, Yossi powerfully probes the grief that still consumes the surviving ex-soldier, now working as a physician in Tel Aviv.
November 27, 2012
Knoller's superbly underplayed performance ensures that Yossi's sad-sack tendencies aren't allowed to alienate him from our affections.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5