• Released
  • December 7, 2012
  • (NY, 12/14 LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • 3D
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The A.V. Club

By Tasha Robinson
While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.
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Village Voice

An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Though this gorgeously animated affair showcases the artist's freewheeling style and colorful arabesque imagery, its rambling episodic structure is not quite the cat's meow, even if it remains a thoroughly enjoyable take on Judaism in early 20th century North Africa.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
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Los Angeles Times

It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
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This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
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Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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