The Believer
The Believer (2002)

A highly charged drama centering on a Jewish Nazi and based upon a real-life tale, this film by Henry Bean looks at young Danny Balint (Ryan Gosling), a former yeshiva student with a thorough knowledge of the Torah who is first seen as an… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gosling commands the screen with a raw, electrifying performance.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

An exploration of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to hate - two separate subjects that happen to overlap in this case.

Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

[Gosling's] combination of explosive physical energy and convincing intelligence helps create a complex, unpredictable character.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
Independent (UK)

People have a right to make godless films. Bean's made one, and it's as brilliant as it is humane.

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Time Out

No polemic, the movie puts our own religious sensibilities and prejudices to the test. The result is arresting, prickly, vaguely funny, even - 'difficult' in the best sense.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

Gosling's Danny is frighteningly believable, in his mad hatreds and when gradually confronting inner doubts.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

An important movie, a reminder of the power of film to move us and to make us examine our values.

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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

A somewhat crudely constructed but gripping, questing look at a person so racked with self-loathing, he becomes an enemy to his own race.

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Jordan Hiller

The underlying premise of The Believer is simple and understandable to any one of us who have grown indifferent to many of the teachings we accepted with such naiveté, such open hopeful hearts throughout our early education.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Three years previous to this, director Tony Kaye and star Edward Norton addressed white supremicist racism in "American History X". This shares… More
I really didn't want to watch this film. I am not a big fan of racist movies. But I watched it for the simple fact that Ryan Gosling is in it and I am an… More
Thomas Johnston
Ryan shines as an actor. Without the cliches like the tight jawed, no make up wearing woman with the pulled back hair trying to control an activist movement… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Ryan Gosling does a surprisingly good job here. The film is a little odd, especially the ending, but that doesn't hurt it too much. aggressively direct and… More
Lady D'arbanville
The Believer is a tale of hypocrocy and confusion. Whilst Gosling plays his role well, the storyline (although worthy of telling) isn?t told in the best way… More
Nonesense about jews - Give it a miss unless you are Jewish.

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