The Jewish Advocate

The Jewish Advocate is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Daniel M. Kimmel
Rating Title/Year Author
Famous Nathan (2014) Daniel M. Kimmel "Famous Nathan" is an attempt to preserve something of the past before it's lost forever. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2015
Welcome to Kutsher's: The Last Catskills Resort (2012) Daniel M. Kimmel If you remember the Catskills of old, or want to see what it was all about, then check in to Welcome to Kutsher's. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Woman in Gold (2015) Daniel M. Kimmel The film lets us see the tensions and sadness that are inevitable in a story like this, but also offers some wry humor. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2015
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Daniel M. Kimmel In attempting to turn the story into another version of Gladiator he's only shown he has no real idea what the story is about or what point he's trying to make. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2014
Wish I Was Here (2014) Daniel M. Kimmel He understands the secret that parents keep from their children: We're making it up as we go along... a sweet film that reminds us that we're not alone on the journey. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2014
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) Daniel M. Kimmel Aaron Swartz's life story is a tragedy, but not for the reasons the makers of The Internet's Own Boy would have you believe. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2014
Obvious Child (2014) Daniel M. Kimmel It is an awkward, cynical film that clearly knows little about the romantic comedies its main character says she despises. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2014
Ida (2013) Daniel M. Kimmel ...those willing to appreciate finely etched character studies of two women, trying to make sense of a discovered or rediscovered Jewish past, will find this both engaging and moving. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
Walking With the Enemy (2013) Daniel M. Kimmel Like "Defiance" (2008), which dramatized the resistance efforts led by the Bielski brothers, this is that rare Holocaust drama about Jews fighting back. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2014
Bethlehem (2013) Daniel M. Kimmel A disturbing and engrossing film, it offers a dark, pessimistic vision of the difficulties in the region, leaving viewers wondering anew what it will take to find a way out. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2014
The Book Thief (2013) Daniel M. Kimmel In the larger scheme of Holocaust movies, The Book Thief is decidedly safe and middlebrow. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2013
Yossi (2012) Daniel M. Kimmel Fox understands that the joys and tears of looking for love are not unique to gay Israeli men...viewers can relate to the emotional conflicts regardless of one's orientation. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2013
The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011) Daniel M. Kimmel ...one of those movies that will engage you while you are watching it, but you might have trouble remembering much about it afterward. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
Portrait of Wally (2012) Daniel M. Kimmel Portrait of Wally reminds us that nearly 70 years after the war, some lessons of the Holocaust have yet to sink in. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2012
Once I Was (2010) Daniel M. Kimmel [It] takes us back to an age when we start trying to make sense of the adult world, and reminds us of just how complicated a process that can be. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2012
In Darkness (2011) Daniel M. Kimmel ...an important contribution to the cinematic library on the Shoah. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2012
Barney's Version (2010) Daniel M. Kimmel It's Giamatti's performance that makes the film work because Barney is not an easy man to like. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Nuremburg Trials (1946) Daniel M. Kimmel This restoration brings an important historic and cinematic document to American viewers at last. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Miral (2010) Daniel M. Kimmel Schnabel is free to make a film sympathetic to the Palestinians, of course, but such distortions and selective history make this little more than an arty propaganda film. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
Ajami (2009) Daniel M. Kimmel Hollywood [may]think that Ajami is making a political statement... given the partnership of the directors. Unfortunately, it's not enough to make this a memorable film. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2010
A Serious Man (2009) Daniel M. Kimmel It's fair to ask - even beyond the gargoyles and caricatures who pass for Jewish people in the film - what the point of it all was. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2009
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008) Daniel M. Kimmel It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2009
Arranged (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel Maybe real life isn't as neat as portrayed here. In that case, the drawback is with reality, not the movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2009
The Quarrel (1991) Daniel M. Kimmel [T]wo characters [who] care deeply about finding meaning and goodness in a world where a Holocaust could take place. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2009
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009) Daniel M. Kimmel Although not forgotten in the broadcast history books, Berg's immense impact on mid-twentieth century American popular culture needs a fresh examination. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2009
Lemon Tree (2008) Daniel M. Kimmel It ought to be noted that Lemon Tree is an Israeli co-production...When a Palestinian can make a movie like [this]then perhaps we will be ready for peace. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
The Reader (2008) Daniel M. Kimmel ...it is a movie of incredible moral obtuseness. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2009
Sixty Six (2006) Daniel M. Kimmel ...the sort of Jewish film that the whole family can enjoy without feeling they're fulfilling an obligation to see it. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2008
My Father My Lord (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel As sparse as a Torah narrative, it raises profound theological and emotional questions. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2008
Beaufort (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel In the end [it] isn't about victory or defeat... It's about surviving another day, doing one's job, and getting back to family. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2008
Surfwise (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel Okay, you think your family is meshuggah? Just meet the Paskowitz clan. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2008
Fugitive Pieces (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a drama about good people struggling to make the right choices in life. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2008
The Champagne Spy (Meragel Ha-Shampaniya) (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel ...not only a fascinating story, but further proof that Israeli cinema is coming of age. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2008
The Band's Visit (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a hopeful film that looks forward to the day when Israelis and Arabs are at peace and can focus on the little victories and setbacks of everyday life. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2008
Sweet Mud (2006) Daniel M. Kimmel If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
O Jerusalem (2006) Daniel M. Kimmel The need to touch on pivotal events makes this at times seem like history's 'greatest hits,' although the personal stories provide a narrative thread tying it all together. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2007
Singing Blacksmith (1938) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a fun slice of Jewish movie history that can still be enjoyed today. They really don't make them like this any more. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2007
Free Land (2007) Daniel M. Kimmel It's to the credit of [director] Christophe Malavoy... that the focus remains on ordinary people trying to survive in extraordinary circumstances. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2007
Tevye (1939) Daniel M. Kimmel One would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2007