75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Slight but extremely effective, and its characters so engaging that even the sad finale, which is not entirely unexpected or original, manages to pack surprising power.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The lazy story takes on a passion and urgency that peaks in an emotional finale.
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75

Premiere

By Peter Debruge
Although director Eytan Fox focuses on Yossi and Jagger's specific situation, he also casts a critical eye on the responsibility military service puts on all young people who are still in the process of discovering themselves.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Most of the film's action takes place on the base, where Fox smartly concentrates on how this relationship -- tormented at times, lighthearted at others -- exists in Israel's military bubble.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Surprisingly lighthearted, thanks to Israeli director Eytan Fox's deft touch with comedy and old- fashioned romance.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
What the movie lacks in ambition, originality, and grit, it makes up for in pure feeling.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

Y&J could have been made anywhere, really; it's a tale of being scared, of being hopeful, of the unsettling intersection between commitment and loss.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

The film ambles along at a relaxed pace, well depicting the uneasy relationships among the soldiers and the mixture of boredom and danger that marks their daily existence.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The film is hampered by a somewhat shallow, soap-operatic climax. But Knoller is superb as a practical man trying to balance reason and emotion. Fox does an excellent job capturing the claustrophobia of army life, made all the more suffocating by having to hide one's true self.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Daring, ultimately heartbreaking.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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