It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)

Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and featuring Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film examines how Herzl, a well known journalist and playwright, an assimilated Budapest born Jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Richard Trank's film is sober, detailed, and handsomely mounted. Ben Kingsley narrates, to excellent effect.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Well-crafted doc offers a scholarly account of the birth of Herzl's Zionist movement.

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Jordan Hiller

A blow by blow, thoroughly researched rendering of the Hungarian secular journalist's instrumental part in taking Zionism from the theoretical to the actual.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Although director Trank is an Oscar winner for the documentary "The Long Way Home," some of the choices made here are awkward.

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Alissa Simon

Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

An epic, even Biblical story, brought down to Ken Burns size in this lackluster telling.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

"It Is No Dream" satisfies neither as a movie nor as a history lesson.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A straight-forward documentary about the life and work of the visionary known as the father of the modern state of Israel.

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