Hava Nagila: The Movie
Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)

It is instantly recognizable - musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It conjures up wistful smiles, memories of generations past...and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

The film is alternately fascinating and entertaining, though you'll likely be sick of hearing the familiar melody by the time it's through.

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Donald Liebenson
Chicago Sun-Times

A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple.

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John Anderson
Newsday

The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.

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Chris Knight
National Post

You know you're in for an irreverent documentary when the narrator asks: "What's up with this song?"

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Loren King
Boston Globe

An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.

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Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

The film isn't slick and doesn't have the greatest production values I've ever seen, but it's still an enjoyable romp through the history of a great song.

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