Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Deftly composed of many small moments, this gentle Israeli film skirts politics to portray a family that is blessedly normal in its internal chaos.
  2. 75
    Credit the disarming cast, especially Oshri Cohen as the boy and Arie Ellias as his eccentric grandfather. They help turn what could be a standard comedy into a life-affirming, enjoyable one.
  3. This soulful tale of a teenage underachiever who exhibits flashes of genius is a surprise on the order of wandering the movie desert and finding the Garden of Eden.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    ''Bonjour" is especially lucky in having Shlomi Bar-Dayan, the 16-year-old misfit of the title, played by a young actor named Oshri Cohen, who's able to convey the impossibility of ever making sense of the world with a single bruised gaze.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill White
    75
    A warm exception to coming-of-age stories that accent the tacky and vulgar aspects of adolescent awakening.
  6. 70
    The film has the unpolished charm of a diamond in the rough, and it boasts a richer inner life than most of the teen movies currently bouncing off the assembly line.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    May ultimately be slight, but its appeal lies in its ability to find hope and strength in the soulful eyes of a gentle teenager.
  8. Reviewed by: Eve Zibart
    70
    Falls somewhere between "Cinderella" and "Malcolm in the Middle," and that's pretty much the challenge that faces actor Oshri Cohen, who very nearly pulls it off.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    There's nothing unique about Zarhin's plot -- it's a standard coming-of-age tale with traces of "Good Will Hunting" -- but she portrays the intra-family dynamics with unusual honesty and accuracy.
  10. Eventually gets so bogged down in its own quirkiness that its humanistic message gets lost.
  11. 50
    A bit naive and formless.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Sweet if slight Israeli comedy.
  13. 30
    The picture is a bland procession of loosely framed close-ups, which serve only to underline the amateurish performances.
  14. 25
    Nothing in it -- plot, dialogue or character development -- reaches today's standards of filmmaking.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SharonY.
    Sep 23, 2005
    9
    I agree with Anonymous. Totally sweet movie. I rented it several months ago and have often thought of it since with pleasure. Have a nice evening.