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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Burshtein keeps the camera tight on the faces of her actors in a way that succeeds at making visible the invisible heat between the characters. The film's chaste eroticism and the community's deep respect for Shira's emotional and spiritual growth keep the audience in thrall. show more

  • 65
    Jordan Hoffman

    Fill the Void is, in the worst sense of the word, a “women’s picture,” in which people wring their hands and worry, wail and weep over marriage and maintaining the status quo. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Burshtein refuses to engage with the culture wars that flare fiercely between secular and religious types in Israel; in fact she's trying to avoid types of any kind, which may be why secular audiences and critics have embraced her rapturous depiction of a community living its life, more separate from than at odds with the society beyond. show more

  • 88
    Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times

    A sympathetic, layered portrayal, rich with detail, that earns its more complex and resonant conclusion. show more

  • 88
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Burshtein has achieved a gripping film without victims or villains, an ambiguous tragedy drawing on universal themes of love and loss, self-sacrifice and self-preservation. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's Fill the Void labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless. show more

  • 75
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The film unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    Fill the Void’s greatest virtue is in the ways her characters take us beyond stereotypes even as she herself questions the value system of a culture that is so focused on religion, marriage and procreation that it holds few attractions to those not born into it. show more

  • 75

    Its ending leaves the door open for interpretation and post-viewing discussion — just as the best sort of movie-going experiences often do. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Trouble is, while the social milieu is nicely realized, other parts of the drama are not. Too often Burshtein cuts off a scene prematurely, darting away just as the crucial moment of emotion or confrontation appears. show more

  • January 23, 2014 marysviv
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    What a beautiful movie. I also laughed, cried, and smiled. Family - that\'s ********** all about. As a Roman Catholic, I saw and appreciated the strength of Faith in the Jewish religion. Wow - I loved the movie.

  • July 15, 2013 jhendlin
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    Saw this with the ladies in our family today. It was wonderful. I think it will be a sleeper hit. We all said that we did not even notice that we were reading the sub titles. This movie has a really touching, sweet and sincere story.

  • July 14, 2013 whoRuBlog
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    Fantastic! It\'ll make you laugh, cry, smile. So beautiful, honest, respectful. Loved it.

  • July 13, 2013 everrite
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    Very slow moving. It was putting me to sleep. These people are living in another century. Save your money. We walked out.

  • June 23, 2013 driheart
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    This is a great movie which dwells into the live of ultra orthodox Jews. You see their happiness and sorrow. Acting is superb, cinematography, music, high class. The subject of the movie creates a dilemma. Many folks stayed behind to discuss the movie.

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