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  • Summary: Like the young Indian braves of long ago, Benjamin Fiedler (Sabara) is about to undergo an initiation rite that will take him from boy to man. But rather than face the perils of the hunt, he must endure something far worse -- a Bar Mitzvah in Brentwood, California. (Miramax Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 75
    What begins as a scathing but loving satire of materialism loses its way once it turns into a warmhearted after-school special about a nice young Jewish boy discovering the true meaning of the bar mitzvah.
  2. The tribute to an aging parent is moving and gives this routine comedy an extra something.
  3. 75
    A fresh and lovable comedy about a dysfunctional Jewish family planning their son's bar mitzvah.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    63
    Zakarin's semiautobiographical screenplay hits all the sitcom beats.
  5. Keeping Up With the Steins would have been a much better film if it had waited twice as long before retracting its fangs.
  6. 50
    Director Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin pander to Jewish viewers the way Andy Garcia's "The Lost City" panders to Cuban Americans.
  7. There is potential for laughs in a satire of rich people spending big money on religious galas, but that is not even the real subject of the picture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9