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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"[A] mix of dry humor and bleak drama."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Cedar remains in stylistic second gear for the rest of the film, and interest fizzles out long before the finish line."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Footnote is lighthearted in tone -- which is key to its success, even though it deals with serious family issues and also spotlights the stubbornness and hypocrisy of academic world."
‑ Eric Melin,
""Footnote" deals with ambition, isolation, the dangers of too much success and the inevitable gap between generations."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"a consistently inconsistent drama that could and should have been so much better."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A dry academic tragi-comedy about academic blackballing, scholarship and taking stock of how you've spent, or misspent, your life."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The Coen Brothers must be ticked that they didn't think of the idea first."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"At times, the film seems to turn into a microfiche machine, with the story's sections divided by frames thumping past us as if propelled by a researcher, eyes scanning."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Who knew scholarly politics would be so boring?"
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"It remains painful to live in a world where Jack and Jill makes it into commercial cinemas and this superb Israeli film gets kicked into the underbrush."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"...a drama about the internecine skirmishes - actual and metaphoric - fought between fathers and sons that might fairly be called Shakespearean."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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