Free Zone Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
There's an art to ambiguity -- there really is... Left to their own devices, viewers will fill in the blanks, but when the movie starts filling them in itself, you have to wonder about the mismatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
October 2, 2007
While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the résumé sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 3, 2007
Without much effort you can imagine the corkboard littered with index cards mapping out the political clashes this cast is asked to act out in their robotic interactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Much of it is labored and overemphatic.
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 28, 2006
The elder actresses simmer as they warily interact, but the dialogue is more schematic than dramatic...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2006
The milieu he chooses -- essentially one long, queerly prosaic car ride to nowhere -- robs the film of much of its dramatic force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 26, 2006
Portman and the audience are stranded in the middle, on the outside looking in, with nothing to do and patience increasingly wearing thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 20, 2006
An exceptional new film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 7, 2006
A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 30, 2006
The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks.
| Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 14, 2006
...never seems to gain much emotional traction throughout its meandering female road trip, despite some provocative subject matter.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 2, 2006
Shot mostly in close-ups, it's a fascinating road movie with an absurdist allegorical finale.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 2, 2006
Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 2, 2006
Free Zone has a somewhat challenging narrative made more problematic by the difficulty involved in caring about the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 2, 2006
Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 2, 2006
Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 2, 2006
Maybe being stuck in the car is supposed to give you that claustrophobic feeling that you're in the middle of this, but it feels like a low-budget home movie from a vacation you wouldn't want to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 1, 2006
Despite dealing with a journey, this confused and confusing movie seems to go nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 26, 2006
A vague and underdeveloped story that makes a tired point about the ability of female relationships to rise above hatred and conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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