Shem (2006)

A young man gains a new perspective on himself and his people during an unexpectedly complicated sojourn in Europe in this independent drama. Daniel (Ash Newman) is a teenager growing up in London; good looking and personable, Daniel enjoys… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Roboh's moralistic paean to Jewish self-knowledge is so solemnly high-minded that one almost feels bad admitting that the film's only spark comes from its occasional tawdry ludicrousness.

Malene Arpe
Toronto Star

The result of Cave just letting it rip is a western that's a mix of Unforgiven, everything by Sam Peckinpah, Deadwood at its most profane and a rabid dog gnawing on your leg while you're running away.

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Christopher Campbell

A lot of the film is just downright silly.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

Daniel's character transformation, however limited (he ranges from complete to partial arrogant jerk), is far more credible than any of the film's half-baked attempts at morphing into a conspiracy thriller involving his great-grandfather.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Its narrative never rises above its episodic nature.

Don Willmott

scenic and interesting in a Rough Guide to Eastern Europe sort of way

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John Anderson

Several things are missing in Shem, most apparently a consistent tone of voice.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A pointless hodgepodge, with a finale that will leave viewers scratching their heads.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Perhaps the most distinctive thing about Caroline Roboh's rambling follow-up to her 1983 debut Clementine Tango is that it features one of the least likable protagonists ever.

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