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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 20
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A hit-and-miss affair. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Robert Wilonsky Dallas Observer

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Rooney Variety

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

  • 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 show more

  • 40
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

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

  • 40
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    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." show more

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