Yentl (1983) - Drama, Musical, Romance

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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Barbra Streisand
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving
Length: 133 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 10 out of 83 found boring (12.04%)

One-line Reviews (39)

Only worth watching for the cultural references in other movies and TV shows (mainly comedies).

What emotional undertow dragged Streisand out to make this movie I would rather not speculate, and what audience she was playing to I cannot possibly imagine, although I'll bet there's a nine in ten chance you aren't a member of it.

But it's a story that just blossoms into a compelling story of trusting your instincts and jumping over hurdles that were deemed impossible to some which is something that is totally relative towards everyone.

Pop culture icon and legendary vocalist Barbra Streisand suffered 18 years of rejection from every major movie studio to finance this intriguing film (based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's 1962 short story) of a young Eastern-European Jewess who disguises herself as a yeshiva boy in order to study the Talmud and its commentaries.

Quite dull.

Apart from it being a cliché, the obvious problem is that Streisand doesn't look like a woman nor does she look like a man – in fact I'm not even sure she's human.

Streisand employed top notch talent (David Watkins) to ensure this film is a visually stunning as the soundtrack (by Michel Legrande and Marilyn and Alan Bergman).

An excellent film, it has a wonderful complexity in the characters' personalities and relationships that maintain a level of enjoyable tension and curiosity throughout the film for the viewer.

Another abominably self-indulgent monstrosity from the empress of unabashed kitsch and narcissism.

An enjoyable film with a surprisingly light-hearted quality which catches one off-guard.

The songs become tedious after a while, and there isn't as much dancing as one would expect.

Well I didn't like 'A Clockwork Orange' either and I walked out of Tom Hanks miserable 'Lady Killers' because of the foul language and just down right un- entertainment of the experience up to the point where I couldn't take it anymore.

So my Yentl experience developed further into my real work being what Yentl wanted to escape from - housework or mundane chores or exhausting drudgery traditionally for women, so that I could be alone enough to do what I want, which is to just study.

This movie is a fascinating look into the lives of members of a Jewish community in 19th century Poland.

The script is intriguing and original, the performances (especially Mandy Patinkin's) are great and overall it's a lovely film...

It is entertaining, thought provoking, and very well done.

The story ends up being quite dull and farcical.

I hate the discussion and confusion that this film hints at lesbianism.

And it is as much enjoyable today as I would think it was then.

The story itself is an adaptation of a clever and entertaining book.

Strictly for Streisand fans and bored sacrificial chickens.

All in all, I wouldn't call this a memorable or masterful film, but it is entertaining...

Still a very enjoyable film .

Streisand is charming and engaging as Yentl, the young woman who yearns to break free of societal convention and study Talmud.

Yentl's quest for knowledge of the Talmud makes for a compelling story.

awful and way too long.

Noble themes but weakly developed and dull in execution .

An unsatisfying ending- ambiguous, not very believable, and confusing (Yentl can let Avigdor go that easily?

Unintentional humor abounds including Babs' easy transformation into a guy (since she looks like a guy anyway), her penchant to sing too many songs about being Jewish, the inevitable boredom resulting from an ultimately weak script, and the moment when Babs' new male schoolmate playfully throws her to the ground, gets on top of 'him', and looks lovingly into 'his' eyes .

And it was an enjoyable musical.

This is the worst movie of all time .

However, this theme isn't developed very well, being fairly predictable in its progression.

The songs all sound the same and are dull and unmelodic (if that's a word).

I know, I know, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" is the worst movie, or maybe "Manos, the Hands of Fate.

At first I had low expectations in seeing this movie thinking it was going to be a formulaic bogged down romantic drama and that Yentl's incognito appearance would be rendered as a manipulative source to keep the audience intrigued.

I find her extremely attractive and fascinating to look at.

The story itself is very intriguing and the attention to detail of the time and place was first- rate.

Streisand is always worth watching and Yentl should be watched.

Could this be the worst movie ever made.