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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Though this gorgeously animated affair showcases the artist's freewheeling style and colorful arabesque imagery, its rambling episodic structure is not quite the cat's meow, even if it remains a thoroughly enjoyable take on Judaism in early 20th century North Africa. show more

  • 63
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings. show more

  • 70

    This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending. show more

  • 100
    Tasha Robinson The A.V. Club

    While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem. show more

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