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  • Summary: Golda's Balcony is based on the stage play about the rise of Golda Meir from schoolgirl to Israel's Prime Minister. (7th Art Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    90
    Jeremy Kagan's excellent adaptation of William Gibson's stage play.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Harper and Golda's Balcony generate tremendous influence and timeless meaning.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Fortunately, no amount of optical wizardry and quick-change trickery can disguise the fundamental power of Harper's performance, a revelatory turn that's truly transformative in every sense of the term.
  4. Once again, we chart the growth of a woman and a country at the same time, a tough assignment that Harper tackles with humor and passion (even if her Kissinger impersonation could use a little work).
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Kagan's green-screen filmization, in its over-busy editing, ever-changing angles and constantly shifting backdrops, strips the play of its starkness, leaving disproportionate schmaltz and propaganda.
  6. 38
    Harper and the film's director, Jeremy Kagan, try valiantly, but they are unable to bring Meir to life or hold viewers' attentions.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    30
    Reconfigured into a very different one-woman movie by Gibson and director Jeremy Kagan. Unfortunately, the transformation was not successful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JoeJ.
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    Valerie is her usual brilliant self, and thje story is a real lesson in history, compassion, strength, humor, and dedication.
  2. JoeZ.
    Oct 24, 2007
    3
    Valerie Harper is terrific but the direction is dreadful. It feels (and looks) like a bad music video with bad green screen shots and VERY jumpy cutting, the editing ruins a fine performance. Clearly the director didn't trust the two best things he (and the movie) had going, Valerie Harper's performance and Bill Gibson's writing. Expand