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  • Summary: A documentary on the life and career of Yiddish actor Pasach Burstein and his family.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    90
    Elegantly constructed, deceptively complex documentary.
  2. Reflect the robust status of Yiddish theater in the early 20th century, and its post-Holocaust decline.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    It's both funny and harrowing in the way that only a childhood nightmare come to life can be.
  4. It is impossible to watch this warm, wonderful film without becoming aware of the enormous impact the Yiddish theater has had on every aspect of American show business.
  5. Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history, spanning from Russia to the New York Catskills.
  6. As informative and packed with cultural lore as it is, The Komediant is dramatically diffuse.
  7. 25
    The documentary's director, Arnon Goldfinger, may have had a chance of expanding on the limited audience for such a film if said clan, the Bursteins, exhibited either talent or likability.

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