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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Not much room for controversy here, and certainly none for counterargument, this is prime-time TV history rendered as a soothing, Papa Bear bedtime story. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The documentary is dressed to the nines in pomp and patriotism, which seems meant to hide the fact that the film offers very little in the way of valuable reporting or insider information. show more

  • 40
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    Among the many historical documentaries on Israel there are to choose from, this one is tantamount to two hours of footnotes. show more

  • 60
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    The film's main misstep, however, is its unconvincing use of celebrity voices to re-create various speeches and letters... Though well-intended, their inclusion proves a needless distraction in an otherwise smart and dignified presentation. show more

  • 50
    Nicole Herrington The New York Times

    A bit overstuffed with history and tales of perseverance, the film doesn’t have room for balanced political analysis or even exposition at times. It’s an omission that feels like a missed opportunity, but maybe that will be resolved in the next installment. show more

  • 50
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Moderately interesting as a once-over-lightly political history lesson best suited for home-screen consumption. show more

  • 30
    Diana Clarke Village Voice

    This particular rendition of a history often told is little more than propaganda. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is hampered by a static structure that relies too heavily on a single voice. show more

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