davidehrlich’s review published on Letterboxd :
It's been almost 50 years since someone's made a good movie from a Philip Roth novel (that would be 1969's Goodbye, Columbus) — and thank God that didn't stop James Schamus from trying. The former Focus Features CEO imbues this period drama with the same searing classicism that defined the masterpieces he wrote and produced during his tenure as studio head (i.e. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and Logan Lerman absolutely aces his part as an emotionally implosive Jewish kid who enrolls at a Catholic college in order to avoid the Korean War. Come for the nuanced study of institutional guilt, stay for Tracy Lett's show-stopping set pieces and Sarah Gadon's heartbreaking turn as one of cinema's great shiksa goddesses.