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  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2013
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 6, 2013
    60
    The film's main misstep, however, is its unconvincing use of celebrity voices to re-create various speeches and letters... Though well-intended, their inclusion proves a needless distraction in an otherwise smart and dignified presentation.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 6, 2014
    50
    The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is hampered by a static structure that relies too heavily on a single voice.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Dec 12, 2013
    50
    Not much room for controversy here, and certainly none for counterargument, this is prime-time TV history rendered as a soothing, Papa Bear bedtime story.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Moderately interesting as a once-over-lightly political history lesson best suited for home-screen consumption.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    A bit overstuffed with history and tales of perseverance, the film doesn’t have room for balanced political analysis or even exposition at times. It’s an omission that feels like a missed opportunity, but maybe that will be resolved in the next installment.
  6. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    The documentary is dressed to the nines in pomp and patriotism, which seems meant to hide the fact that the film offers very little in the way of valuable reporting or insider information.
  7. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 5, 2013
    40
    Among the many historical documentaries on Israel there are to choose from, this one is tantamount to two hours of footnotes.
  8. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Oct 15, 2013
    30
    This particular rendition of a history often told is little more than propaganda.

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