Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jan 24, 2013
    90
    Funny, exuberant and shamelessly seductive, Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 7, 2013
    80
    Predictable if measured uplift aside, Fox keeps Yossi effortlessly affecting, graced with deadpan humor and a knowingness about lonely lives.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 30, 2013
    80
    The extra weight that the actor has packed on gives him an air of vulnerability that makes his character's ultimate emergence from his seemingly impenetrable emotional shell all the more moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 23, 2013
    80
    For many of the film's brisk 84 minutes, Fox eclipses his earlier work-and several other same-sex tragedies-by immersing us in his protagonist's quiet turmoil.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Mar 21, 2013
    75
    Yossi is an early spring breeze of a film – too delicate to be substantial but definitely holding the promise of warmth.
  6. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Mar 7, 2013
    75
    Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 21, 2013
    75
    The several allusions to Thomas Mann’s forbidden-love novel “Death in Venice” are apt, but Yossi is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
  8. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Feb 15, 2013
    75
    This is a mature film from a mature director who gets more assured with every outing, even if this contained character study does not rank among his most ambitious efforts.
  9. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    The film is at its finest as a catalogue of Yossi's unspoken ache, less so when it begins to flirt with the clichés of the love story.
  10. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jan 24, 2013
    67
    In its superior first half, Yossi sustains a mood of wistful longing and inexorable loneliness as its directionless protagonist lumbers through a grey, joyless existence, but the film threatens to turn into a gay Israeli version of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" once Knoller finds his impossibly gorgeous, persistent dream man.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    What began as a reasonably hardheaded look at profound and rapid cultural change turns into a feel-good fantasy of salvation.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Yossi spends much of its 84 minutes with a passive hero. This older Yossi is a vestige of the man he once was, an overweight and hollow-eyed vestige who drags himself through his daily rounds and solitary nights. Mr. Knoller's performance is admirable, and Yossi does find new reasons to embrace life. But his rebirth comes only after a very long requiem.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    You'll want to see Eytan Fox's acclaimed 2002 drama "Yossi & Jagger" before watching this intimate, often-moving sequel.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 23, 2013
    60
    The perfectly sculpted, entirely sure-of-himself Tom ultimately seems more of a construct than a character, his carefree nature shaped almost entirely by the very wish-fulfillment clichés that the movie otherwise sidesteps.
  15. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Jan 23, 2013
    60
    It's a film full of tenderness, resting on a tremendous, sad performance from Knoller.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Jan 23, 2013
    60
    This is a perceptive, warm-hearted work, anchored by Knoller's impressively less-is-more performance.
  17. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    The film keeps its focus small, but the trouble is, the characters' emotions stay that way, too.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    Interesting, touching and well acted film. I just wish more time was spent on Yossi's involvement with the charming 27 year old gay soldier. There was too much development of Yossi's grief, lonlilness and depression for the ten years after Jaeger's death. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Yossi is a gentle and moving film which takes up the story of its title character, a bereft gay man now overworking as a cardioligist in Tel Aviv, ten years after the initial film 'Yossi and Jaeger' concluded. Ohad Knoller gives a wonderfully understated performance as the somewhat disillusioned title character unwilling or unable to commit to another relationship due to the great loss experienced in the earlier film. The screenplay offers up some really great scenes which are very affecting and painfully honest to observe as, for example, when he visits the parents of his 'lost' lover and unwittingly tells them about their son's true sexuality. Also, later in the film, his reluctance to become involved with a young gay soldier is allowed to unfold quite beautifully evoking genuine emotion which leads to an optimistic ending, that whilst well earned, is highly unlikely. A big plus for the film is the songs and music by Keren Ann which perfectly fit the mood of the story. Full Review »