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Free Zone Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 20, 2006
The deeply allegorical ending may provoke political discussions, but as drama, Free Zone has lost its way long before then.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 6, 2006
Amos Gitai's long-winded essay revolves around the interaction of three women, an American, an Israeli and a Palestinian, on a car trip from Israel to Jordan.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 7, 2006
It's a nice crying jag by Natalie Portman, but there's not much else here to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
April 7, 2006
Free Zone suffers from too-much-information syndrome, stalling out now and again from its tangled narrative wiring and an overload of emotional freight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 4, 2006
The message is made clear within the first 10 minutes, leaving us with about 80 minutes of thematic repetition.
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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+
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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
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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+
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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
Chris Cabin
April 6, 2006
In a film that is so concerned and in love with its female characters, Gitai sort of leaves them in a lovable sing-along
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 2, 2005
an often excruciating 134 minutes that could have been trimmed to a tidier 10 minute short
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2005 unquestionably awful, awful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jordan Hiller
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
Timothy Knight
April 7, 2006
Despite a handful of quietly affecting scenes, the film mostly fails to delve beneath the surface of either its gritty narrative or the three protagonists, who mainly come across as cultural archetypes, rather than multi-faceted characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Much of it is labored and overemphatic.
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.
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Collin Souter
October 17, 2005
It's a frustrating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
May 22, 2005
With characters more often than not functioning as mouthpieces, audiences might feel like involuntary passengers trapped in the backseat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 30, 2007

E! Online
July 22, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2006
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