O Jerusalem
O Jerusalem (2007)

Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui's historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times

Good intentions often make bad movies.

Linda Matchan
Boston Globe

It aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

O Jerusalem is as overstated and expository as a historical pageant, from the drippy music to a sputtering, running gag involving funky old jalopies to clichéd speeches and teary-eyed deaths and a final voice-over crying out for peace.

Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

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Jordan Hiller

I felt as though I could have gathered the same information about Israel's beginnings from a pamphlet, and saved myself the film's forthright baggage

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Director Elie Chouraqui and co-writer Didier Lepecheur [fall] prey to a fatal evenhandedness that reduces a complex battle for the loveliest, most fought-over city in the world to a pile of heroic clichés.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A hopeful and helpful movie that depicts the friendship between a Jew and an Arab that outlasts the winds of war and the culture of revenge and racial hatred surrounding them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...
Leo L
An interesting depiction based upon the book (also titled 'O Jerusalem') that centralizes upon events that led to the rise of the statehood of Israel.… More

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