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Metascore

Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
This is a brave, groundbreaking film.
75
Entertainment Weekly
While the compiled testimony is strong, some larger context is missing.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
It's that dilemma -- a commitment to Orthodox life, the refusal to deny one's sexuality and the fear of expulsion once that sexuality is revealed -- that director Sandi Simcha DuBowski illustrates so powerfully.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
An unexpectedly moving family portrait of cousins we didn't know we had.
75
The rigidity of most of the rabbis interviewed in the film is balanced by the presence of openly gay Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg, who offers a more liberal, but no less scholarly, interpretation of the Torah.
75
Boston Globe
Examines this dilemma with compassion and sensitivity.
67
Austin Chronicle
A provocative documentary that shines light on a little-explored dimension of the international debate regarding homosexuality and religion: that of gays and lesbians who also wish to belong to the Orthodox and Hassidic Jewish communities.
50
New York Daily News
Strangely unengaging.
50
Baltimore Sun
Dubowski's movie is an act of hope that the basic human needs of the gay Orthodox will someday be reconciled with their faith.
50
Obviously the director has her point of view on the subject and the film is thusly slanted, but this bias, while good for the cause, may not be best suited for thorough documentary filmmaking.
38
New York Post
It's unfortunate that the people DuBowski profiles tend to be self-indulgent or otherwise unappealing. It's still more unfortunate that the film focuses more on relatively easy issues of acceptance.

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