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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Works on two levels: Goldfinger does a terrific job exploring the broader history of Yiddish theater, while also homing in on the compelling story of the Burstein family itself. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie is more a family album than a historical study, but you'll learn a lot and your toe will tap, tap, tap. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history, spanning from Russia to the New York Catskills. show more

  • 25
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    The documentary's director, Arnon Goldfinger, may have had a chance of expanding on the limited audience for such a film if said clan, the Bursteins, exhibited either talent or likability. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    It's both funny and harrowing in the way that only a childhood nightmare come to life can be. show more

  • 40
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Even if you love all things Yiddish, there is precious little to embrace here. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Reflect the robust status of Yiddish theater in the early 20th century, and its post-Holocaust decline. show more

  • 90
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Elegantly constructed, deceptively complex documentary. show more

  • 80
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    A linguistic stew with a zesty, homemade flavor that belies its carefully researched preparation. show more

  • 70
    The A.V. Club

    The Komediant's most deeply moving aspect lies in its misty memories of the glory years of the Yiddish theater, when an ethnic group rallied against its attempted decimation by forming allegiances and openly celebrating its culture. show more

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