A Price Above Rubies
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A Price Above Rubies
Boaz Yakin (a Sundance winner for Fresh) wrote and directed this drama, set in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, about a young woman who harbors doubts about continuing to follow the path of her religion. Sonia (Renee Zellweger) gives birth to her first child. She wants to name the boy after her dead brother, but after an argument over the name, she resentfully defers to her husband, scholarly zaddik (holy man) Mendel (Glenn Fitzgerald). Both are apprehensive over the child's circumcision. Hasidic traditions dictate their life, including aspects of making love which leave Sonia… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Price Above Rubies isn't a particularly good movie, though Zellweger shines in a tough, gritty role that foreshadowed her more serious acting ambitions."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Thanks to Boaz (Fresh) Yorkin, we now have Bye, Bye, Hasid or better yet Escape from the Tefillin."
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"With its coldly antiseptic tone, the movie seems more interested in preaching awkwardly to the audience that inviting it in."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Yakin cleverly introduces elements of magic realism in an otherwise starkly real, modern allegory."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Yakin's argument is presented with such blind rage and fury that his little film goes from sensitive and perceptive to sensational and scandal-mongering very quickly"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Writer and director Boaz Yakin has fashioned a beguiling drama about the deep yearning we all have to express our heart's desire. The film's title is from Proverbs 31:10."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A Price Above Rubies would have more impact if filmmaker Boaz Yakin didn't allow its energy level to sag in several scenes, and if he avoided some lapses into Hollywood-style sensationalism."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Yakin dares to not only enter that neighborhood, but to find beauty and sadness in it, rather than something alien or foreign."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Renee Zellweger, previously best known as the sweet mom from 'Jerry Maguire,' delivers a quietly stunning performance in the lead."
‑ James Sanford, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Just about everything in writer-director Boaz Yakin's film rings false."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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