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  • Summary: Sean, an Irish immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends Ike, a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure the fragile Sean’s salvation. A meditation on friendship, need and frailty, NewSean, an Irish immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends Ike, a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure the fragile Sean’s salvation. A meditation on friendship, need and frailty, New Jerusalem explores the allure and limitations of modern utopian belief.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 6, 2012
    75
    I don't believe New Jerusalem takes a position in favor of either character. It's more of an intense study of these two men and their barren work in a shabby store by the side of a highway.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 2, 2012
    70
    A rare film dealing with Christian evangelism in a realistic way that neither mocks nor proselytizes, New Jerusalem quietly observes as a man tries to comfort his troubled best friend by bringing him to Jesus.
  3. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Nov 30, 2012
    60
    While New Jerusalem's rigid formalism will surely be off-putting to some, there's beauty to be found in the film's sheen of placid grime.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    Unlike the soul-searching characters from Old Joy, which also stars Will Oldham, Ike and Sean always feel as if they've fallen out of the sky just for the film's setup.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 30, 2012
    20
    New Jerusalem feeling like an acting exercise in search of a theater class.