...the performances are all good...
—John Anderson Los Angeles Times
—Ken Fox TV Guide
Imagine watching Otto Preminger's equally silly 1960 Exodus now and you'll have O Jerusalem, minus Paul Newman's blue-eyed wink.
—Ella Taylor Village Voice
The film's humanity is totally sincere but its historical reduction does a major disservice to the material; like the similarly simple-minded Hotel Rwanda, O Jerusalem is too namby-pamby to get its hands dirty in the real mess of this conflict, save for the occasional sacrifice of a few aggravatingly undeveloped supporting characters.
—Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
...takes a too-soapy approach to bubbling strife.
—Tasha Robinson Chicago Tribune
...Elie Chouraqui's clunking film would much rather bore than offend.
—Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times