The Chosen
The Chosen (1981)

Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, this film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Booth
Denver Post

A dedicated team of faithful adapters created a wonderfully rich movie version of the book in 1981, and the emotion and intellectual depths of the story resonate through the decades.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends.

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Film4

This little-seen movie deserves a wider audience.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

A worthy but irretrievably dull homily.

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Emanuel Levy
Screendaily

Based on Potok's book, this well acted fammily drama set in Brooklyn after WWII, centers on the friendship between two Jewish boys who beong to different ideological factions

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel, this film is filled with colorful details of Hassidic lifestyle and has strong performances by Rod Steiger and Maximilian Schell.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Certainly, this is a gently evocative movie, with its glimpses of a strict and self-contained culture, and its memories of a time gone by.

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Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

It shouldered its way into the popular consciousness, perhaps with a few concessions and a straining dramatic license, but nonetheless it remains a thoughtful, provocative engagement of legitimate issues relating to Judaism, the ancient, ever evolving rel

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