Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 3, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Sargent Clark
Hollywood Reporter

There are some contrived and artificial moments in Fiddler, but it becomes more convincing, naturalistic, and involving as it goes on, and finally builds to a powerful climax.

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Variety Staff

Sentimental in a theatrical way, romantic in the oldfashioned way, nostalgic of immigration days, affirmative of human decency, loyalty, bravery and folk humor.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

All I can say is that a very good stage show has, for me, been transformed into an equally good work of cinema.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Very hard to take with the film sitting up and practically slobbering in its eagerness to prove how loveable it is.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

There's a vibrant nature to the acting in this film that warms the heart and makes it feel comfortable, even when things aren't going so great for the characters.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Earthbound but not bad.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

They want to show us everything, to give us our money's worth. In so doing, they've not just opened up the play, they've let most of the life out of it.

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TV Guide

What could have been a brilliant film experience, expanding on the stage version as only film can, ends up instead as a series of wonderful bits and pieces.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on the Broad way musical of the same name, this is the epic story of finding the balance between tradition and progress. It's set in the Orthodox… More
Zach Brehany
From the stage play that this film is based on, it is obvious that special care had to be taken place due to the strong and loyal fan base that is around this… More
Mister Caple
TRADITION!!!! TRADITION!!! And it doesn't get any better this this Oscar winning musical based on the Broadway show of the same name. Just to watch the… More
Cynthia S.
I just watched this again after maybe 20 years. With every wonderful song I felt chills to my core..... This is a timeless gem. Fiddler on the Roof is a… More
Kevin M. Williams
I can't believe that it took me so long to see this deservedly acclaimed work by Norman Jewison about how life, as John Lennon said, is what happens while… More
jay nixon
A fine performance by Topol, nice location filming and some beautiful and of course memorable music is what this has going for it. It moves at perhaps too… More

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