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Total Crap: 11.11%

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Jakob The Liar
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Pathos and pablum from Williams."
2 stars

World War II pablum concerning a ghetto of Polish Jews.

Jakob the Liar. World War II pablum concerning a ghetto of Polish Jews. One, a potato pancake chef, comes upon an abandoned pre-pubescent girl after curfew and hides her at home. A rumor starts among his friends and fellow mine-workers that he has a radio and that reports say Russians will be saving them from the Germans soon. Of course, the moral conflicts are over whether to falsely lead the hopes of all those in his ghetto, or tell the truth and ruin the high spirits that have been inflated by the amateur raconteurís unintentional deception. Robin Williams lays on the sentimental feel-good superficiality in an attempt to divert or suck off of the praise and style of Roberto Benigniís Life is Beautiful. Jakob the Liar lacks the humor, the sentiment and the cathartic emotions of the aforementioned film, rendering Peter Kassovitzís version tepid and oleaginous. The mannered and flagrant performances are as distinct as the Star of Davids on the costumes, and follow Williamsí pleading pathos accordingly with the exception of Armin Mueller-Stahl and Alan Arkin.

With Liev Schreiber, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Bob Balaban and Michael Jeter.

Final Verdict: C-.

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User Comments

2/09/09 cubby Robin Wiliiams= Awesome 5 stars
6/07/05 willemijn i loved the movie almost as good as "Dead poets' society 4 stars
6/15/04 T. Maj Does anyone remember when Robin Williams was funny? 1 stars
12/24/03 Snickerdoodle A good movie, but I didn't understand the end. 4 stars
5/30/02 Charles Tatum Makes "Hogan's Heroes" look like "Schindler's List" 2 stars
5/22/02 Sheila Evans Kind of a misfire. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL was better. 2 stars
10/02/01 Kirk I think it was a very good movie, but it's too depressing to watch very often. 5 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith Robin Williams was "perfect." 5 stars
2/25/01 skye didn't (+ won't) see it, but Orgazmo you're not funny 3 stars
5/18/00 Creeper fell short of its mark, somehow 3 stars
4/14/00 yankee decent, the humor was dull, the fear was well played, never trust a barber 3 stars
1/19/00 k.tomkowski Bad, pretenscious and boring. 2 stars
10/23/99 CdhCTDot Untimely bc of LIB -- which had an AUTHENTIC MESSAGE. This uses tragedy as drama, snstnlsm 1 stars
10/10/99 Mr Showbiz Saying it's not quite as appalling or distasteful as Life Is Beatiful isn't saying much. 1 stars
9/29/99 phyllis a. feuerstein fine example of low-key jewish humor and jewish theme of hope. jakob a full character 4 stars
9/27/99 Dixie It was the best story in this genre since Shindlers List. 5 stars
9/25/99 Jumpjak Unconvincing and lacked something vital. 1 stars
1/18/99 The Dude Very cool cast-Plus the movie was ver awsome ,dudes 5 stars
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