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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    You need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Does what the best movies can do: take viewers to what might be unfamiliar places, into a culture with unique customs and traditions, and show, through drama and comedy, how the fundamental truths of the human experience need no translation. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Gentle and affecting, it offers an introduction to a mostly unfamiliar world while touching on issues recognizable to all. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    In the charming comedy-parable Ushpizin, religious orthodoxy inspires not unbending dogma but humble, sometimes baffled spiritual striving by its embraceable, flawed characters. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The new Israeli movie Ushpizin, a film about man's clumsiness and God's grace, is a touching and amusing tale that expands our horizon and also should open our hearts. show more

  • 75
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    Ushpizin may not turn out to be as popular as Miracle on 34th Street, but if you believe that miracles can happen, it is a perfect outing during the holidays. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    On paper, Ushpizin (Aramaic for "holy guests") looks like a hard sell. It works, however, thanks to a witty script and believable performances from real-life husband and wife. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There's little difference between this joyful holiday film and the standard-issue yuletide-miracle movie, except that the holiday isn't Christmas. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Ushpizin takes us to a fascinating place, and hands out the sort of brochure that tourists always need but seldom get -- the charming kind, fun to ponder and rewarding to browse. show more

  • 60

    A flawed but fascinating (and frequently funny) insight into a culture seldom explored on film from an insider's point of view. show more

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