The Holy Land
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A young man discovers the holiest city in the world can also be full of seductive temptations and ethical challenges in this independent coming-of-age drama. Mendy (Oren Rehany) is the son of a devout Orthodox Jewish family in Tel Aviv. Mendy has been raised to become a man of the cloth, and after completing his basic education, he travels to Jerusalem to attend rabbinical school. However, Mendy soon discovers that Jerusalem is a larger and more cosmopolitan city than the Tel Aviv neighborhood where he was raised, and as he tries to satisfy his curiosity about the larger world around him, he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Casts intriguing characters in interesting situations but leaves them adrift in a disjointed narrative that gives away its conclusion too early."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Gorlin] tries to bring in too many elements without laying the groundwork for them or placing them in context."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Gave me a better understanding of what it's like to live in modern Israel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Holy Land espouses love and sex and in the wrong, or right places, and doesn't flinch, even if the story wanders off into an occasional dramatic desert."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Gorlin's vignettes work only in fits and starts, and his plodding pace makes 96 minutes seem like so many hours."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Too many characters, each too quickly drawn, hobble the film's momentum."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Fails to capture the anguish and struggles of an ultra-Orthodox Jew adapting to a more secular world."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A mixed bag."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"The flat dialogue and cardboard characters often undercut any social points that Gorlin seems on the verge of scoring."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"putting a human face on the same tribulations that many face in Jerusalem"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A bit of a mess."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"A stimulating cinematic experience in every sense."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An unholy mess."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Gorlin's main agenda is to show that young Mendy hasn't at all found the respite from Judaism he perceives, but there's just as much torque to the relationship between this naf and his hooker of choice."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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