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  • Summary: Intent on shaking up the ultimate ‘sacred cow’ for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, “What is anti-Semitism today?” Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? (First Run Features)

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This brave documentary takes on the topic of anti-Semitism in a relentlessly probing and original way.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    In its sneaky, cheeky way, Defamation is a mitzvah, an act of kindness.
  3. Defamation tries to give all sides a full airing, but it's not hard to guess the director's own feeling. At the end, he says, "Putting too much emphasis on the past, as horrific as it has been, is holding us back."
  4. Even though Defamation, which is sprinkled with unexpected moments of wry humor, will be inescapably controversial, Yoav Shamir strives admirably to be evenhanded.
  5. Like Moore’s modus, Shamir’s stroll is sloppy, but his willingness to tip sacred cows is truly courageous.
  6. 50
    While he takes an evenhanded approach, the filmmaker appears on camera far too often and goes off point as frequently as Moore.
  7. Disorganized and somewhat annoying.

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