Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    Imagine watching Otto Preminger's equally silly 1960 "Exodus" now and you'll have O Jerusalem, minus Paul Newman's blue-eyed wink.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Formulaic film recounts the tumultuous birth of Israel.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Features some first-rate cinematography and solid acting, but absolutely no sense of emotional boundaries.
  4. 50
    What is evident from the film is that there was never any chance these two peoples could make a peaceful coexistence.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Matchan
    50
    Alas, it aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.
  6. 50
    As overstated and expository as a historical pageant, from the drippy music to a sputtering, running gag involving funky old jalopies to cliched speeches and teary-eyed deaths and a final voice-over crying out for peace. Why not add a song score and an exclamation mark in the title?
  7. Whether on a Middle Eastern battlefield or the streets of New York, characters converse in stilted, expository mouthfuls that smother emotion.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    40
    O Jerusalem has the virtue of energy, but it suffers from superficiality, particularly with regard to the characterizations.
  9. Makes the mistake of including too sweeping a scope in too small a movie and with too few resources.
  10. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    38
    As a pocket history of the battles over Jerusalem in the ’40s, O Jerusalem is serviceable enough. But all the melodrama cheapens the real drama, and turns a war-torn region into a soap-opera stage.
  11. This bloated 2006 historical epic flatlines early and never regains a pulse.
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  1. PaulD.
    Oct 22, 2007
    5
    Attempts an even-handed look at origins of Israel, but music swells up when Jewish personal tragedies and danger appear, but much less so on Attempts an even-handed look at origins of Israel, but music swells up when Jewish personal tragedies and danger appear, but much less so on the Palestinian side. Protagonists on opposite sides "meet cute" in New York, and then somehow keep meeting in Jerusalem when their respective sides are fighting each other. Tries do do too much and is not really convincing. Sound was also not too good in the version I saw. Full Review »