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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 23, 2012
    75
    Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 28, 2011
    75
    In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 19, 2011
    75
    To borrow just a few of Aleichem's words that are ingrained in Jewish culture: "It could be worse."