Holy Rollers (2010) This culture-clash drama about young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from Brooklyn who run an international Ecstasy-smuggling operation is based on a real narcotics case from the… 2010-05-21 R PT89M Drama Mystery and Thriller Justin Bartha Jesse Eisenberg First Independent Pictures
Movie Review

Holy Rollers (2010)

MPAA Rating: R
Holy Rollers | THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, and Jason Fuchs in Holy Rollers
THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, and Jason Fuchs in Holy Rollers
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 21, 2010; Rated: R; Length: 89 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Justin Bartha and Jesse Eisenberg; Distributor: First Independent Pictures

This culture-clash drama about young 
 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from Brooklyn who run an international Ecstasy-smuggling operation is based on a real narcotics case from the late 1990s. Yet Holy Rollers feels staged and exoticized in the way stories about insular communities often do when told by outsiders. Justin Bartha plays Yosef, the bad boy who beckons his impressionable, more pious next-door neighbor Sam (Jesse Eisenberg) to stray from the path of righteousness. But Sam's reasons for following are as vague as the vignettes of religious family life are overplayed. C

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Originally posted May 26, 2010 Published in issue #1105-1106 Jun 04, 2010 Order article reprints