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Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui's historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans -- one Jewish and the other Arab -- are forced to make an incredible series of life-altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of Jerusalem gets under way, the Jews, Arabs, and Brits must all address such difficult issues as… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good intentions often make bad movies."
‑ Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"O Jerusalem is as overstated and expository as a historical pageant, from the drippy music to a sputtering, running gag involving funky old jalopies to clichéd speeches and teary-eyed deaths and a final voice-over crying out for peace."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"The need to touch on pivotal events makes this at times seem like history's 'greatest hits,' although the personal stories provide a narrative thread tying it all together."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate
"Hammers away at its Arab/Jewish variation on the chicken-or-the-egg debate ad nauseam."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"It aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast."
‑ Linda Matchan, Boston Globe
"I felt as though I could have gathered the same information about Israel's beginnings from a pamphlet, and saved myself the film's forthright baggage"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"As a history lesson, the film is so elementary and silly that you'd half-expect to find Mr. Peabody and Sherman peeking around the Wailing Wall."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"In its struggle to present an unbiased portrait that balances Jewish and Palestinian viewpoints evenly, the film loses some narrative focus. Nevertheless, it presents a valuable history lesson that points out the dire effects of British occupation in the"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Its heart firmly in the right place, O Jerusalem proves an uneasy mix of history and fiction."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A hopeful and helpful movie that depicts the friendship between a Jew and an Arab that outlasts the winds of war and the culture of revenge and racial hatred surrounding them."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Such fictionalizations are the stuff of TV miniseries, and only serve to add confusion and melodrama to a history that, as Collins and Lapierre's book proves, hardly needs further dramatization."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's no 'Exodus' but is a reasonably involving primer on the birth of Israel in 1948, specifically on the fighting for control of Jerusalem."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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