Shem
Shem (2006)

A young man gains a new perspective on himself and his people during an unexpectedly complicated sojourn in Europe in this independent drama. Daniel (Ash Newman) is a teenager growing up in London; good looking and personable, Daniel enjoys… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Roboh's moralistic paean to Jewish self-knowledge is so solemnly high-minded that one almost feels bad admitting that the film's only spark comes from its occasional tawdry ludicrousness.

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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star

The result of Cave just letting it rip is a western that's a mix of Unforgiven, everything by Sam Peckinpah, Deadwood at its most profane and a rabid dog gnawing on your leg while you're running away.

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Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

A lot of the film is just downright silly.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

Daniel's character transformation, however limited (he ranges from complete to partial arrogant jerk), is far more credible than any of the film's half-baked attempts at morphing into a conspiracy thriller involving his great-grandfather.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Its narrative never rises above its episodic nature.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

scenic and interesting in a Rough Guide to Eastern Europe sort of way

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John Anderson
Newsday

Several things are missing in Shem, most apparently a consistent tone of voice.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A pointless hodgepodge, with a finale that will leave viewers scratching their heads.

Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Perhaps the most distinctive thing about Caroline Roboh's rambling follow-up to her 1983 debut Clementine Tango is that it features one of the least likable protagonists ever.

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