Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.
  2. Reviewed by: Achy Obejas
    88
    Watching Nina's Tragedies, an Israeli film that pocketed 11 of its country's Oscar-equivalents, is a rare but almost perverse experience.
  3. 80
    With masterful tonal balance and control, and a visual sophistication as yet unusual among Israeli directors, Gabizon catches both the absurdity and the sadness of what it means to live with such daily threat and confusion.
  4. Has too much depth, too much freshness and imagination ever to be adequately described in any of its aspects as merely "quirky" or "off the wall."
  5. Israeli director Savi Gabizon has created a nuanced coming-of-age portrait that ought to strike a chord with ­audiences ­everywhere.
  6. Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
  7. Straddles the line between dark comedy and deep drama.
  8. 70
    It's not often that good movies have a hole in the center, but Nina's Tragedies labors admirably to develop the strong feelings of longing and heartbreak that unite its damaged souls, however briefly.
  9. Overall Nina's Tragedies is another instance of a subject discussed here lately--a foreign film that is seen one way at home and another way abroad.
  10. 67
    Israeli society is one that has ample experience processing grief, and Nina's Tragedies explores that challenge with humanity and humor.
  11. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    This raw truth, this emotional nakedness, is deeply refreshing.
  12. 60
    With improbable charm, Gabizon knits it all together, his characters' sexual obsessions and earthiness tempered by a soulful melancholy.
  13. A shiver of cosmic comedy runs through the film's tragic turns.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    An amiable, but cluttered dramedy.
  15. The biggest weakness in Nina's Tragedies, is the character of Nadav. His shadowy presence leaves the movie without a solid center around which to spin its tales.
  16. 50
    Gabizon has a great idea. But he ruins it by devoting too much time to colorful but unnecessary characters.
  17. 50
    The Israeli academy showered awards--best picture, director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, sound, costumes, actress, supporting actress, supporting actor--on this coming-of-age story, which makes its modest whimsy even harder to get excited about.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    No amount of style or good acting can disguise the fact that this downbeat Israeli comedy is little more than a sudsy soap-opera with a distinctly unsavory aftertaste.
  19. 38
    Gabizon never establishes a consistent tone or point of view. Instead, we hop from one episode to the next, with no momentum and no reason to care about these people.

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