Footnote Reviews

  • Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A piercing satire, a poignant family drama and an investigation of the competing claims of honesty, loyalty, ambition and love.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's not easy to make Eliezer a sympathetic character, yet Bar-Aba's demonstration of fleeting vulnerability awakens inevitable, if equally brief, compassion.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • The film was a nominee for this year's foreign-language Oscar, and Cedar has a real grasp of how to create conflict and generate tension.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Something between a comedy of everyday absurdity and a family tragedy pushed into the realm of the hyper-real, Footnote uses its characters' differing relationships to authenticity as the basis for an enigmatic riff on representation.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • A film this intimate must be finely tuned, and Cedar's screenplay is acutely observant about academia, familial dynamics and life in contemporary Jerusalem.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • "Footnote" does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It speaks to anyone who's been on either end of a grudge or family antagonism. And it saves its best for those who have witnessed clusters of the best and brightest descend to the level of grade school kids on the playground.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Unfortunately, when Cedar forges his fine-grained observations into a plot, the action turns broad, thin, and overwrought, and his images lose their tensile strength.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • In fact, it's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I've seen the film twice, gladly, and I can't wait to see what Cedar comes up with next.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Writer-director Joseph Cedar's understanding of the many levers of academic politics helps him inject a little steel into the movie; but it's eventually overcome by the mushy father-son drama.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Footnote is a film about the nature of truth, about sacrifice, hubris, hypocrisy. It's nothing short of brilliant.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Footnote" deals with ambition, isolation, the dangers of too much success and the inevitable gap between generations.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Writer and director Cedar does a great job of ratcheting up the tension by filtering the story through a simmering family rivalry.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Cedar goes to great lengths -- indeed, too great -- to turn editing and music into the driving force behind the pic's liveliness.

    Jay Weissberg — Variety

  • The film is more about questions than answers. But sometimes the questions are the point.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Writer/director Joseph Cedar is wise to the comedy of frustration and alert to the tragedy of hubris.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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