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5.3

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Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    70
    The directors exercise their stylistic flourishes mainly in the imaginative sequences depicting the young daughter's trancelike state while she conjures up the correct orthography in the spelling bees her father's determined she must win, and while the film observes the same heartbreaking obsessiveness as the popular "Spellbound," it has none of that documentary's cuteness.
  2. Ultimately, its success may depend on how emotionally satisfying audiences find this flirtation with Jewish mysticism.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    The film is ice cold, never finding a way to invite the viewer into the story, and Richard Gere doesn't convince as a Jewish biblical scholar.