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Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, is a musical adaptation of a story by the beloved Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl (Streisand) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture. She is denied that possibility because she is a woman. She moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies. She becomes close to fellow student Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), eventually falling in love with him, although she can not reveal her true self as she would then be expelled. Avigdor is in love with Hadass (Amy Irving), but religious… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Romantic folk tale retold with music and classic Streisand."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Streisand knows her way in front of and behind the camera, but does she have to hog it all? Why cast the magnificent Mandy Patinkin and not let him sing?"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"While the movie is on target in terms of noble intent, so much about Yentl is self defeating, and the legendary ego of Streisand can safely be deemed the culprit."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Directed by and starring Streisant, this is a charming gender-bending fable, too bad the music is so undistinguished."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
""perhaps Streisand's finest hour, on all fronts""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Yentl is all about, who else? Miss Streisand. But her vast talents turn a gender-bending fable into a winner."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Surprisingly powerful."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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