The Holy Land
The Holy Land (2003)

A coming-of-age saga set against the tense backdrop of Arab-Israeli politics. Mendy is a young Rabbinical student whose mind is too full of curiosity about the world that exists outside the restrictions of Orthodox Judaism. Recognizing his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This messy coming-of-age tale is of interest only because of where the story takes place.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Casts intriguing characters in interesting situations but leaves them adrift in a disjointed narrative that gives away its conclusion too early.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

[Gorlin] tries to bring in too many elements without laying the groundwork for them or placing them in context.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gave me a better understanding of what it's like to live in modern Israel.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Too many characters, each too quickly drawn, hobble the film's momentum.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Fails to capture the anguish and struggles of an ultra-Orthodox Jew adapting to a more secular world.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A mixed bag.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

A bit of a mess.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A stimulating cinematic experience in every sense.

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