• Released
  • December 19, 2003
  • R , 1 hr 25 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Comedy
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A wickedly funny, Naked Gun-style parody that conflates old-style private-eye pics with Shaft and, yes, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
You don't have to be Jewish to love Jonathan Kesselman's uneven, profane and occasionally flat-out hilarious parody of vintage blaxploitation pictures, but it helps.
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60

Film Threat

Writer/director John Kesselman serves up a stylin' live-action spoof that irreverently milks stereotypes and bravely pokes fun at that which is usually sacrosanct.
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50

Dallas Observer

By Robert Wilonsky
This circumcised "Shaft" plays half-awesome, half-aw-shit; it exists almost as if to prove you can cram every Jewish joke in the Old Testament into a single movie.
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50

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A hit-and-miss affair.
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50

Variety

By David Rooney
Although amusing as often as not, the material remains more comedy-sketch fodder than a fully developed feature.
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40

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Ultimately more interested in exploiting clichés than subverting or commenting on them, and Coyote and Dunn's grotesque caricatures are embarrassing.
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40

L.A. Weekly

But the corker-to-groaner ratio heavily favors the latter as the bagel-and-dreidel jokes begin to lose their spark, as does the story
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40

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
The result is explicit, if less than hilarious. The Hebrew Hammer lacks the edge of Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," although as anti-seasonal fare, it would make a suitably unbearable double bill with Terry Zwigoff's "Bad Santa."
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A crass, sophomoric and, more to the point, offensively unfunny parody that sets out to remake Shaft and his blaxploitation ilk as a Jewish action hero.
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41 out of 100
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