| Original Score: 2/6
| 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
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
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.
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
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Don't bet on this Israeli drama exploding any cliches.
A sweet tempered but occasionally simplistic youth picture.
The film's humanism gives it an overwhelming impact.
The Bubble, which manages to be effortlessly breezy without shortchanging on topicality, epitomizes [Director] Fox's adroit talent for juxtaposing the personal and the political.
Fox does better in his serious dramatic mode than he does with light comedy, at least to my taste.
Fox's mix-and-match sampling of apparently incompatible genres nails the nervous blend of vitality and desperation that is Israel today.
For all its appealing performances and persuasive individual scenes, The Bubble makes an uneven impression.