The Syrian Bride Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Unrelentingly pedantic, it's also utterly humorless.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 22, 2006
Riklis performs a delicate balancing act, juggling a half-dozen plotlines, each of which is made vivid by his terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 22, 2006
Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 6, 2006
An extraordinary Israeli film that is unlike any other wedding film ever made!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 20, 2006
While the film's depiction of bureaucratic frustrations and familial woe are universal, the characters themselves can be difficult to warm up to and often seem as arid as their surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 19, 2006
An engrossing absurdist comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 12, 2006
A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 21, 2006
This Israeli film gives us an honest look at situations we never see in the news. It may have too many flaws to be a good film, but for its content, it is a winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
April 21, 2006
It's a lovely little film that puts a big, big bite on some very large issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2006
It is written, directed and acted with real compassion and sympathy for the humanity of its characters, no matter who they are or on what side of these multiple issues they turn out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
April 20, 2006
All politics is personal, but rarely has that credo been illustrated so winningly as with Eran Riklis' delicate comedy about the maddening intersection of families, cultures and borders.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 7, 2006
The movie charms while making a bold statement about the borders that governments and individuals construct to keep each other apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 7, 2006
As enjoyable a piece of cultural satire as any that's come out of this highly troubled region.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2006
The real interest in the film enters by the side door, through supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2006
Comes by its sweetness honestly. And while multinationalism is no guarantee of quality, this film is a true multinational affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
April 1, 2006
Though too schematic and too intent on resolving all its prickly family issues, The Syrian Bride nonetheless packs an emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 23, 2006
It seems to line up every conceivable cultural, sexual or religious fender-bender it can for maximum conflict. But at the same time, Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian co-writer Suha Arraf use the device to reveal touching human complexity.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 3, 2006
I like everything about The Syrian Bride except the title. And, in the grand scheme of things, that's no big deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 23, 2006
There is comedy of an absurdist sort in the film by Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian screenwriter Suha Arraf.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 23, 2006
The ensemble cast is generally strong, but [Hiam] Abbass, who played the mother of one of the suicide bombers in Paradise Now, is a standout.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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