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  • Summary: A story about the astonishing things that happen when despair turns to hope among the residents of this small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Columbia Tristar)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    50
    The audience is ready for an unhappy ending -- and Hollywood should have the courage to provide it.
  3. 50
    I prefer "Life Is Beautiful," which is clearly a fantasy, to Jakob the Liar, which is just as contrived and manipulative but pretends it is not.
  4. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    40
    Alternates between bumbling group antics and strained poignancy...anticipates all laughter and emotion in ways that make it its own worst enemy.
  5. 40
    Feels sterile and chilly; the humor -- Yiddish and otherwise -- falls flat, and sadly so does the film.
  6. 10
    Just avoid this ghastly, insulting farrago at all costs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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