There are three films competing for attention in The Bubble, and they do not always coexist gracefully.
| Original Score: 6/10
fascinating and incisive
| Original Score: 3/5
You'd think a movie with characters named Golan and Jihad might be heavy-handed, but writer/director Eytan Fox makes sure the action is based in characterizations that make sense.
| Original Score: 3/4
The casting is spot-on; the blend of erotic comedy and political drama is stunningly smooth; the finale is both devastating and inevitable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: B
As forcefully optimistic and it is frankly unconvincing, the soapy Israeli-made The Bubble is a cry for peace from the comfort of the couch.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's as if Fox sets out to punish his characters for their ignorance, abandoning a sensitive and occasionally surprising love story in favour of political cliché.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fox's look at Tel Aviv's politically active youth culture is charming, but the movie's descent into melodramatic schmaltz robs it of its drive.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This Israeli-made drama is perhaps too overtly political for its own good.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Director Eytan Fox may believe that Middle East politics are an obstruction to happiness, but his movie uses the tensions of the region like badly spaced speed bumps.
An engaging love story set in Tel Aviv squanders its good vibes with a totally unbelievable violent finale.
| Original Score: 1/5
I am not sure what the point of the movie is supposed to be, but [director] Fox, his cast and his collaborators are singularly unconvincing in their abruptly shifting gears between comedy and tragedy.
Real love is often as complicated and painful as Middle Eastern politics, and Fox might have been better off acknowledging that, rather than making his characters such vague, sweet, safe ciphers.
| Original Score: C
The Bubble makes a point well worth considering.
God is in the details for director Eytan Fox, and it doesn't matter whether that God happens to be worshiped by Israelis or Palestinians.
The director seems to be welcoming controversy, however, pushing buttons to evoke strong responses and stimulate discussion.
Fox deserves credit for pointing out the hardships under which Palestinians live. But the comedy is without distinction and the conclusion is melodramatic.
Israeli director Eytan Fox specializes in blending the mundane with the extraordinary -- an everyday dichotomy for the characters in his sensitive drama about life in Tel Aviv.
[Fox] gives his beautiful dreamers plenty of leeway to win us over.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sometimes perceptive, sometimes formulaic.