• Release Date: Nov 21, 2007
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
    80
    The film is by turns cranky, funny, wistful and resolute.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Leigh Morris
    80
    [A] wistful and moving portrait of quixotically dedicated artisans playing to half-empty houses, struggling for solvency and relevance — which renders it not just a movie about a theater in particular, but about the theater in general.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    Lively talking heads lay out the reasons for the decay of Yiddish culture...What's missing from this gentle homage...is a sense of the joyful heyday of Yiddish theater, and the richness it brought to the artistic life of Manhattan.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Intriguing and entertaining despite some rough edges, Dan Katzir’s documentary profits immeasurably from the ancient Spaisman’s genuine charisma.
  5. This is an important New York story, and Spaisman makes an inspiring subject.
  6. 63
    Katzir's documentary is as much a labor of love as Spaisman's theater, and it's often rough around the edges.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    Yiddish Theater: A Love Story is a slight but moving documentary focusing on the final performances given by Zypora Spaisman, the Polish-born star of New York’s Yiddish theater.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Its extremely narrow focus on the death throes of an art form, rather than the art itself, limits its appeal.

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