70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The problem is that just as we’re getting to know these characters as people, the movie pulls a veil over them: It loses its nerve and mutates into an only mildly compelling crime drama, albeit one whose protagonist is maybe more tortured than usual.
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70

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Eisenberg lets us see Sam's growing distress, and also the fortitude with which he faces down his fears -- few young actors are as adept at simultaneously conveying panic and bravado.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Eisenberg - seemingly in every other movie nowadays - gives his best performance since 2005's "The Squid and the Whale" in a film that dramatizes a fascinating New York story.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Even the portrayal of the Hasidic community comes to feel like window-dressing, welcome for its exoticism but never truly understood.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An intriguing portrait of an insular community, but its recounting of the seduction of a bright young man by the surrounding culture is heavy-handed.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Holy Rollers squanders a fascinating premise with predictable execution.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film's failure is to get from A to B. We buy both good Sam and bad Sam, but we don't see him making the transition.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Feels staged and exoticized in the way stories about insular communities often do when told by outsiders.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The screenplay, by Antonio Macia, is earnest and unsurprising--not a good combination--and neither the director nor the star quite knows what to make of the quirky character inside the traditional garments that signal otherworldly innocence to customs agents.
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51 out of 100
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