Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 10, 2011
    70
    An informative if uninvigorating look at the violinist Itzhak Perlman calls "the first true modern virtuoso player," Peter Rosen's God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz will draw only the most ardent classical fans to its niche theatrical run but should please a wider audience after making its way to educational TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 10, 2011
    60
    Once Heifetz becomes a household name, Rosen struggles mightily to milk drama not from his musical genius, but from his relatively unremarkable personal life.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Nov 11, 2011
    50
    If the film were in fact a pastry, it might look like the first effort of a blind baker, wildly uneven and inconsistent in ingredient distribution.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 10, 2011
    50
    The film, though generous with doses of Heifetz in performance, isn't entirely successful at illuminating the man.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 8, 2011
    50
    His lightning-fast fingers can't fail to impress even those unschooled in the classical idiom, but when not center stage, Heifetz proves a far more elusive figure, firmly out of the grasp of Rosen's film.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 10, 2011
    40
    While some documentaries are broad enough in theme and creative enough in style to attract a wide-ranging audience, others remain best-suited to a smaller group of devotees. Such is the case for Peter Rosen's biography of violinist Jascha Heifetz.

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