Footnote Synopsis
A Talmud scholar (Shlomo Bar Aba) is disdainful of his son's achievements and pursuit of fame.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar imbues his tale of academic maneuvering, misunderstanding and mystery with the zest of passion and the...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while. It centers on an area of fairly narrow interest, but in its...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Footnote does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Cedar is mostly interested in the father-son dynamics, and he cast excellent actors. Lewensohn, a famous Israeli theatrical director, makes...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The main thing with Cedar's film, I think, is to approach it not as a farce, not as a drama, not as a mystery, not as any genre in...
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The movie is not a story but a text, and Cedar is its playfully intrusive interpreter.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
What Cedar captures here is the way a father and son can be bound so tightly they almost choke the air out of one another. You can't...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Footnote culminates with stirring gravity that you wish Cedar had the confidence - in himself, his material, and us - to sustain. Both...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Jewish and academically inclined audiences worldwide will respond to numerous aspects of this unusual drama, although it is paradoxically...
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Must go / must not

By mkace
If you really care deeply about family dynamics and moral choices and how life get in the way of all of it, this movie will bee your bible. This is one of those extremely rare works that gets around...

Footnote is worth your time!

By stev6543212
It's interesting both in content and style. Go see it!...

No closer at the end of the movie

By mailrg60
The movie is great, great story, great dialogs and authentic, My only problem is the end of the movie. I was puzzled. There is no closer, to twist, nothing to indicate a conclusion. The way this...

A tragedy with a cynical ending

By HamzLaw
Worth seeing, but barely. The critics are probably throwing 100-scores at it because they are bored from the usual Hollywood clutter. This film is unique and interesting at a couple levels, but it is...

Simply beautiful

By beautyrunsdeep
Trying to dissect the movie's storyline will provide no real value to anyone who reads this. All I can say that will do this film justice is that it is immensely enjoyable, original, immersive, and...

Thoroughly Enjoyable

By jlivnat
An accurate depiction of the academic world, the pursuit of recognition, and a wonderful description of father-son strained relationship....

Footnote needs some further editing

By gshaffer429
A pretty good movie overall but with too many loose ends. So what that Uriel loses his clothes. What was that all about? Looks like a scene that might have had some relevance in the director's...

Footnote

By sjholland
Wonderful story about the meaning of family. Delightful movie!...

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Rated PG | For Thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking