The Matchmaker Synopsis
In 1968 a teenage boy starts to work for a Holocaust survivor who acts as a matchmaker.
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The Playlist

By Mark Zhuravsy
The Matchmaker is at heart an unexpectedly complex film about love, but also an examination of Israel in flux, a country with one foot in...
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80

Village Voice

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An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story set in the young heart of the Levant, The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film...
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80

Variety

This look back at late-'60s Haifa makes for strong, accessible, character-driven drama.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage. You know who might have made it in the old...
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75

Boston Globe

By Loren King
How does a filmmaker tell a Holocaust story that hasn't been told before? The Matchmaker does it by weaving fable with realism,...
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70

The New York Times

The efficient approach and tendency toward broad strokes prevent the movie from taking a deep hold, and Mr. Shafir is a hesitant young...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The film ultimately fails to treat history as anything but a string of melodramatic reference points for moody characters haplessly trying...
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
A former stand-up comic, Miller lends a sense of puckish mischief to his tenderhearted, troubled Cupid, yet everything else about this...
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Powerful coming of age story against backdrop of 1969 Israel

By grown_up_movie_goer
Had the privilege of seeing this film at a film festival in Washington DC. It is a finely woven story mixing 1969 teens with Haifa and the aftermath of the Holocaust. It addresses these contexts...

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Rated NR