The Holy Land


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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)
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  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. The acting and directing are uneven, but many scenes have strong emotional and political power.
  3. The story's resolution isn't very satisfying, but I considered most of this movie time well spent.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    For all the film's flaws, it has a caustic, nondenominational view of apocalypses to come.
  5. A barbed reflection on the great divide between secular and ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israeli culture. But its digressive screenplay lacks focus and momentum and is too oblique to connect many of the dots between its characters and their behavior.
  6. It has the awkwardness that characterizes many first features and, as befits a culture that does not always prize refinement, some of its performances and situations are not as subtle as they should be.
  7. 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