Hava Nagila Synopsis
The history of the song "Hava Nagila."
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By Ella Taylor
According to Hava Nagila: The Movie, an infectiously high-spirited new documentary by Roberta Grossman, the most cornball song in the...
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. Aided by vivid archival footage and photos, the movie charts the evolution of the song through...
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Boston Globe

By Loren King
Hava Nagila (The Movie) guarantees that the next time you hear the song at a party, you won’t think of it quite the same way. Of course,...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Roberta Grossman’s cute documentary gives weight to the tune, tracing its lineage to a town – Sadagora, in the Ukraine – and the 19th...
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A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary.
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The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
The interviews are mostly good and instructive, but the well-chosen historical footage is better.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While the filmmakers never quite make the case that their chosen melody deserves its own full-length film, they do ensure that you’ll leave...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
By the movie’s end, the party guests may be ready to dance the hora — or they may find themselves sitting this one out. “Hava” will have...
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Slant Magazine

The documentary can at times feel like you're wasting your time on a subject you might wish you had only accidentally crossed paths with...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Patronizing from toe to chin, the film opts continually for self-congratulation and cheesy aphorism, and could've-should've been...
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As expected

By TashSpice
This movie was so fun to me. I think I smiled the entire time and laughed at some....

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Rated NR