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5 Broken Cameras Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2013
This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 16, 2012
A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 13, 2012
Takes the rough material of one man's life and transforms it into a story that is universal and urgent, offering firsthand witness to events that are too often portrayed as distant and impossible to understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
[It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi helps shape all of the footage into a compelling and very personal documentary, helping to craft the eloquent commentary in Burnat's voice that knits it all together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
What we do see has an immediacy and intimacy that's involving. It also can feel a bit wayward and cumulatively wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 1, 2012
The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Times
May 31, 2012
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 31, 2012
It offers a look at how a tireless protest can sometimes only come at the expense of one's own daily existence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 30, 2012
"5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
May 30, 2012
Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how it could have been shot with such precision and visual ingenuity under such plainly chaotic conditions.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Troublesome, worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
Unlike the more sophisticated chronicle of resistance Burma VJ, it pays scant attention to the larger political context or, indeed, the strategies and tactics of protest in an age that offers sophisticated means of media management.
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Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
Doc finds an affecting personal angle on West Bank territorial dispute.