The Holy Land


Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21

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  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. In the psychologically scarred world of The Holy Land, sex and religion, love and hate, survival and despair all ricochet around, waiting to explode.
  4. The story's resolution isn't very satisfying, but I considered most of this movie time well spent.
  5. Reviewed by: Jon Matsumoto
    Offers an occasionally fascinating look at the complex social, religious and political dynamics that help define the sacred city of Jerusalem.
  6. 70
    A former yeshiva student himself, Gorlin turns this tale of political intrigue and the search for divinity into an act of liberation -- if not outright defiance.
  7. 70
    This broadly acted first feature is exceedingly direct, appropriately sordid, and at times, almost delicate.
  8. 70
    The film, like the beleaguered country it depicts, has a raw, neurotic, brawling yet tender vitality.
  9. The acting of the main cast is uniformly nuanced, and, except for some bad makeup on Mendy's father, the film never looks as low-budget as it must have been.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    For all the film's flaws, it has a caustic, nondenominational view of apocalypses to come.

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