Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. An alternately angry and sad portrait, passionate in its presentation and moving in its portrayal of individuals who sacrifice their love for the tenets of their religion.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The acting is uniformly superb, as is the rich, somber cinematography.
  3. Raises fascinating question within a compelling narrative framework, and is also intriguing for the glimpse it provides into the inner workings of Orthodox Judaism.
  4. 75
    A powerful indictment of a religious mind set and is sure to spark plenty of post-screening discussion.
  5. A poetic and somber film that underscores the bum deal women usually get in any restrictive society.
  6. Slowly unfolding but liberating film, which is also a rare look inside a circumscribed community.
  7. A wonderfully understated work offering insights to a world where no emotion is simple.
  8. 70
    This unusually classical story from experimental Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai flows along, suffused in a quiet beauty flecked with sober foreboding.
  9. 70
    One of Gitaï's greatest assets in Kadosh is such stillness, which leaves facile outsiders' judgment out of the frame and thereby deepens our immersion in the narrative.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    It is unusually but effectively organized as an almost unbroken chain of intimacies between the small and large players in this story.
  11. Gitai has created a film that is as beautiful as it is all but unbearable to watch.
  12. 67
    If it happens to lose you as you wander through this strange land, at least it does so to the accompaniment of captivating visuals and music.
  13. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    It moves slowly, but you suspect that is the way of life in Mea Shearim, the closed quarters of a group that triggered Gitai's respect and our curiosity.
  14. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Gitai, a veteran documentary director, refuses to find an easy resolution to the story, and that will frustrate as many people as it pleases.
  15. 60
    It's hard to tell whether these characters are meant to seem as staunchly symbolic as they do when they deliver some of the back-story-heavy dialogue.

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