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The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The first of two parts, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"What makes a good yarn and possibly an important book does not necessarily make for a consistently great or engaging movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A wide and excellent array of archival footage and photos vividly accompany Avner's recitation."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"No matter what your political opinion about the Middle East, without understanding how we got to where we are is an indispensable component of determining where we are going next"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"In what is hardly sufficient time, Avner gives the viewer a feel for the characters and the political policies of Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
""The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers" takes on a vast subject - the history of the modern state of Israel - from a disappointingly narrow perspective."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"While not as comprehensive or objective as one would hope, this vivid documentary will prove fascinating to history buffs."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This is a national history that feels like your great uncle trying to remember the time he went to Disneyland's Hall of Presidents."
‑ David Berry, National Post
"The documentary is dressed to the nines in pomp and patriotism, which seems meant to hide the fact that the film offers very little in the way of valuable reporting or insider information."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
"Sometimes so clunky, it suggests a return to the bad old days when nonfiction films could be mistaken for schoolroom torture devices."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A bit overstuffed with history and tales of perseverance, the film doesn't have room for balanced political analysis or even exposition at times."
‑ Nicole Herrington, New York Times
"A deadly dull Zionist booster shot that trades away what benefits in firsthand recollection and access it has through a steady drip of reflexive self-importance."
‑ Brent Simon,
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