Yentl (1983)

For her directorial debut, Barbra Streisand adapted Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story Yentl. Set in the early 1900s in Eastern Europe, Yentl is the story of a young Jewish woman who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to receive… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 18, 1983
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Romantic folk tale retold with music and classic Streisand.

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Dennis Schwartz
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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Streisand knows her way in front of and behind the camera, but does she have to hog it all? Why cast the magnificent Mandy Patinkin and not let him sing?

Jordan Hiller

While the movie is on target in terms of noble intent, so much about Yentl is self defeating, and the legendary ego of Streisand can safely be deemed the culprit.

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Emanuel Levy

Directed by and starring Streisant, this is a charming gender-bending fable, too bad the music is so undistinguished.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"perhaps Streisand's finest hour, on all fronts"

Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Yentl is all about, who else? Miss Streisand. But her vast talents turn a gender-bending fable into a winner.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Surprisingly powerful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Well done, but Barbara is a bit hammy. Pleasant (although often unmemorable) songs. And again -- doesn't Mandy Patinkin play the pan flute for a living… More
John A
'Yentl' is a middle-ground musical, one that covers all the conventions necessary, that is full of heart and soul, but despite sticking so carefully… More
Cinema Films
This is La Streisand's show from opening to end credits. If you love Barbara, you'll love this flick, especially when she sings 'Papa, Can You… More
Leo L
Great movie! Love this!
Marcus Woolcott
Good film with lots of terribly bland songs.