The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers

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  • Summary: The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.

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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 6, 2013
    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: Wes Greene
    Oct 14, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Oct 17, 2013
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 6, 2014
    The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is hampered by a static structure that relies too heavily on a single voice.
  6. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 5, 2013
    Among the many historical documentaries on Israel there are to choose from, this one is tantamount to two hours of footnotes.
  7. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Oct 15, 2013
    This particular rendition of a history often told is little more than propaganda.

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