Golda's Balcony
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Golda's Balcony
Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway hit that sold out for 15 straight months in New York City before being voted Best Touring Play of 2006, Tony award-winning playwright William Gibson's reflection on the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir stars Valerie Harper as one of the most important female politicians of the 20th century. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] excellent adaptation of William Gibson's stage play."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"We chart the growth of a woman and a country at the same time, a tough assignment that Harper tackles with humor and passion (even if her Kissinger impersonation could use a little work)."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The brink of annihilation looks like a low-budget music video."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"A good performance of a landmark Broadway play will barely be enough to bring audiences to this one. But the history alone is worth the price of admission."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"One of many recent works that represent the ripples cast outward from the dialogue begun in Steven Spielberg's masterful Munich."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Jeremy Kagan's green-screen filmization, in its over-busy editing, ever-changing angles and constantly shifting backdrops, strips the play of its starkness, leaving disproportionate schmaltz and propaganda."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"The big question is whether Harper's one-woman film creates a memorable character out of a woman with whom many audiences will be very familiar. The answer has to be no."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Fortunately, no amount of optical wizardry and quick-change trickery can disguise the fundamental power of Harper's performance, a revelatory turn that's transformative in every sense of the term."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Harper's Meir speaks softly and carries a big shtick."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Not only is this poignant portrait of Golda Meir riveting and powerful, it also reminds and enlightens us about the origins of the current Middle East conflict."
‑ Susan Granger, www.susangranger.com
"Golda's Balcony makes one yearn for Ingrid Bergman's portrayal of Meir in the 1982 TV biopic A Woman Called Golda."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Meir needed her wars to appear defensive; sadly, in this ill-considered exercise, the filmmakers commit an indubitably offensive act."
‑ Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
"Though, for today's movie-going audience, Golda's Balcony may have limited appeal, it's a moving and vital story with many satisfying moments."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Reel.com
"The whole shebang would be nothing without the strength of its sole performer. Fortunately, Harper sustains the play without fail."
‑ Eric Kohn, New York Press
"This shamelessly uncritical view of Golda, her world perspective, and the period of Middle Eastern history over which she presided as a major player, confuses the protagonist's point of view with the reality. Grandmother or godfather?"
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
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