• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2012
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 17, 2013
    80
    It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 6, 2012
    80
    Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 7, 2012
    38
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Dec 6, 2012
    63
    Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
  5. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 6, 2012
    100
    While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Dec 6, 2012
    80
    Though this gorgeously animated affair showcases the artist's freewheeling style and colorful arabesque imagery, its rambling episodic structure is not quite the cat's meow, even if it remains a thoroughly enjoyable take on Judaism in early 20th century North Africa.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 6, 2012
    80
    The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
  8. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Dec 6, 2012
    70
    This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Fisch
    Dec 6, 2012
    80
    An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.

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