Holy Rollers Synopsis
An Orthodox Jew (Jesse Eisenberg) becomes a drug mule for his best friend's older brother.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Holy Rollers

By daxt51
Well done, compelling story about an pious young man's descent into the sordid underworld of an international drug operation at first unwittingly and then with full knowldege of the implications of...

Great Story

By judy448
The acting and story were great....

Holy Rollers

By genglepatience
From the first scene to the last, I felt as though I were living the spiraling, out-of-control life of the lead character played by Jesse Eisenberg. What a ride. Everyone needs to see this morality...

Five Word Review

By moviemavenboy
unique emotional warm exciting revealing...

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Rated R | For drug content and language throughout, and brief sexual material