Hava Nagila: The Movie
Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)

It is instantly recognizable - musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It conjures up wistful smiles, memories of generations past...and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.

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Jamie S. Rich

The film is alternately fascinating and entertaining, though you'll likely be sick of hearing the familiar melody by the time it's through.

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Donald Liebenson
Chicago Sun-Times

A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple.

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John Anderson

The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.

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Chris Knight
National Post

You know you're in for an irreverent documentary when the narrator asks: "What's up with this song?"

Loren King
Boston Globe

An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.

Stephen Silver

The film isn't slick and doesn't have the greatest production values I've ever seen, but it's still an enjoyable romp through the history of a great song.

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