O Jerusalem
O Jerusalem (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 12, 2009
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33%
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59%


Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times

Good intentions often make bad movies.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

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Linda Matchan
Boston Globe

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.

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Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

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

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Joshua Land
Time Out New York

Its heart firmly in the right place, O Jerusalem proves an uneasy mix of history and fiction.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...
Leo L
An interesting depiction based upon the book (also titled 'O Jerusalem') that centralizes upon events that led to the rise of the statehood of Israel.… More

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