Kedma Image
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Be the first to review!

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This is the true story, set in May of 1948, of a shipload of hundreds of Jewish immigrants who made their way across Europe to Palestine (which became Israel a week later) seeking a new home, only to be shot at by British troops.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Gitai uses fictionalized characters to dramatize historical reality, and while minimalist in its presentation, the film becomes nearly operatic in its intensity.
  2. The drama makes up in intellectual weight what it sometimes lacks in psychological interest and cinematic realism.
  3. Has the stilted, slightly surreal feel of a stage piece. Sometimes it works, but too often it doesn't.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    40
    A largely dull history lesson…stripped of any backgrounding, peopled with archetypes rather than fully-drawn characters, and features self-consciously arty direction that gets in the way of story-telling.
  5. 30
    Mesmerizingly bad filmmaking.
  6. But for all its provocation, Kedma is an often dull, incoherent film, and its characters remain frustratingly sketchy
  7. 10
    Kedma makes for a clumsy, lugubrious history lesson.