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  • Summary: A story of doomed, passionate love and coming of age in troubled times The Holy Land explores the underbelly of real life in Jerusalem after the sun goes down and the tourists and Orthodox families go to sleep. (CAVU Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. 80
    One of its great strengths lies in its surprising universality.
  2. 70
    The film, like the beleaguered country it depicts, has a raw, neurotic, brawling yet tender vitality.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    For all the film's flaws, it has a caustic, nondenominational view of apocalypses to come.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    50
    Gorlin's fiction, based loosely on his own life, must be better than that of "Frontline." And it's not.
  5. Serious and absurd (mostly, it's a drama) but never finds a good rhythm. The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists.
  6. 25
    The film's violent finale comes out of nowhere and will leave bewildered viewers wondering if they might have dozed off for a reel or two.

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

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