Ushpizin (2005)

The insular world of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem comes to the screen (with their blessings) in this warm comedy drama. Moshe (Shuli Rand) was once a secular Jew, but he rediscovered his faith and became an ultra-Orthodox Jew, and with his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 19, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ushpizin offers a rare and warmly intimate look into ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

[The film] places a captivating life study in the context of a modern fairy tale.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It had me, this film with blessings on its mind.

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Jordan Hiller

An orthodox Jew will identify and thereby raise the level of the movie to something beyond the temporal film experience

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Very light, even saccharine at times, but blessed with enough pure charm to make the syrup go down a treat.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Ushpizin will certainly be manna to people of religious sensibility, but you need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity.

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Anton Bitel

Dryly funny and richly humane, Ushpizin marries biblical simplicity to secular banality to depict an everyday miracle of devotion rewarded.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An unexpected delight from an unlikely source, Ushpizin is the first feature film set inside the closed community of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Viewers who aren't familiar with Orthodox Jewish culture might have trouble fully relating to this Israeli film. But everyone should be able to appreciate its heartwarming tone.

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Urban Cinefile

Ushpizin is engaging, entertaining and has something to say about us humans, through the prism of discovering %u2013 or re-discovering %u2013 the importance of faith, and the strength it can impart. Especially under duress.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Sunil Jawahir
Nothing is lost in translation here. You can read every emotion in these actors faces.