The Believer
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In this powerful and disturbing drama, Danny Balint (Ryan Gosling) is a member of a gang of racist skinheads who espouses a vile but well-articulated philosophy of anti-Semitism. Danny also has a secret -- he is a Jew, and was a top student in Hebrew school before he began to ask too many questions about the deeper implications of the teachings in the Torah and the Old Testament, leading to his expulsion. Angry and confused, Danny began to explore the philosophies of the neo-Nazi movement, which he soon came to embrace through a mixture of anger over the tragic history of the Jewish people,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"An exploration of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to hate - two separate subjects that happen to overlap in this case."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[Gosling's] combination of explosive physical energy and convincing intelligence helps create a complex, unpredictable character."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"Gosling's Danny is frighteningly believable, in his mad hatreds and when gradually confronting inner doubts."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Em uma performance absolutamente brilhante, o jovem Ryan Gosling cria um personagem que, mesmo moralmente desprezÝvel, fascina por seu conflito interior."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's an explosive and disturbing film that forces the audience to ask difficult questions about the nature of belief."
‑ Jennifer D. Wesley, PopMatters
"No polemic, the movie puts our own religious sensibilities and prejudices to the test. The result is arresting, prickly, vaguely funny, even - 'difficult' in the best sense."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The underlying premise of The Believer is simple and understandable to any one of us who have grown indifferent to many of the teachings we accepted with such naivetÚ, such open hopeful hearts throughout our early education."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The underdevloped Believer has at its core a performance of searing and genuine intensity, yet it also regrettably handles the psychological turmoil of its antagonistic protagonist with kid gloves."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"It made for an emotionally hair-pulling ride, without benefit of much intellectual give and take."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An important movie, a reminder of the power of film to move us and to make us examine our values."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A somewhat crudely constructed but gripping, questing look at a person so racked with self-loathing, he becomes an enemy to his own race."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"Loosely based on Daniel Burros (a Nazi who killed himself when the NY Times revealed his Jewishness), the film offers a stimulating meditation on the inescapable impact of religion and burden of history on personal identities."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gosling projects a feral intelligence that is riveting..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"An uncomfortable experience, but one as brave and challenging as you could possibly expect these days from American cinema."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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