• Ajami
    2 minutes 41 seconds
    Added: Apr 28, 2010


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Ajami Reviews

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una contundente ópera prima, narrada en forma fragmentaria a la manera de Amores Perros o Crash, que retrata con brutal honestidad la vida en un conflictivo vecindario de Jaffa. Estupendo elenco de actores no profesionales.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gripping modern-day drama about crime and tensions among the Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

September 21, 2010
Sean Axmaker

... acutely insightful about the social divisions within Israel, but it examines them without scolding or sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

September 4, 2010

A confident contemporary crime thriller that, yes, may rely on perhaps a few too many plot coincidences to hang together, but otherwise offers a bracing insight into a troubled situation without hectoring us with insipid platitudes.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2010
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Stories of violence, revenge and corruption smartly told by next-gen foreign filmmakers

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

June 30, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The actors, every one of them new to their craft, make the everydayness of the picture indelible and real.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/4

June 24, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

The pattern of connections and coincidences is a little overschematic, but the movie has energy, especially in the grippingly real shooting scene at the beginning.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2010
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

A rare film that will force you to confront your own prejudices.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 17, 2010
Matthew Turner

Ajami has an appealingly rough-edged, authentic feel to it, thanks to some strong location work and the fact that the cast is drawn largely from non-professionals and real life locals.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2010
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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This is vividly challenging, utterly inclusive and heartfelt cinema. It's not only gripping to watch, but it'll open your eyes to the intractable human conundrums behind the blood-stained headlines.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

By showing how people fail to live together - in a film you could call Israel's City of God, with its sectarian-feuding story lent power and immediacy by improvisation and non-professional casting - Ajami shows how they might or should live together.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 16, 2010
Dan Lybarger

Ajami may be set in Israel, but at times it plays more like an American gangster drama. The film does address the ethnic and social tensions that run through the country, but it does so in a nuanced and refreshingly clear-eyed way.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2010
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The movie is insightful in revealing how messy life can be with enemies living in close proximity to one another. The press notes point out the...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

June 11, 2010
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

While Quentin Tarantino used the narrative device to give his film a caffeinated jolt of hipster cool, co-directors Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani use it brilliantly to show the chaotic web of violence that traps Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 4, 2010
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

A deceptive movie, one that introduces its characters in the heat of violence, allows us to make conclusions based on what we see, then shatters our assumptions in the telling of how that moment came about.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

May 28, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The performances are searingly intense, all delivered by non-professionals cast to type and extemporizing within the parameters of the script. They take the play out of acting, and the effect is unvarnished realism.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Any given half-hour of the film has dramatic impact; at two hours, it's a power punch to the gut.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2010
Emily S. Mendel

Ajami is a powerful crime drama in which all are heroes and all are villains.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 30, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Contrivances bring this bunch together, and the plotting gets a little too complicated and convoluted. Luckily, these are characters that feel real, whose problems are relatable.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

April 29, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
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The fact that these two Israelis from opposite camps worked together to make this movie is as important as the movie itself.

Full Review Source: Film.com

April 29, 2010
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