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


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Ajami Reviews

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
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
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
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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A compelling drama about prejudice and folly.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's an admirably even-handed portrait of life in an occupied ghetto that is bounded by checkpoints. Everyone we meet is a more or less honorably motivated victim of circumstance.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 22, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a film that rewards close attention, involving disparate characters whose lives intersect over the course of several chapters.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 12, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Good intentions are one thing, of course, and good writing and filmmaking another. Ajami is lucky to have all three.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 26, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It has a complex, elliptical structure that uses unconventional filming techniques to tell a bleak and fatalistic story conveyed with an unnerving sense of verisimilitude.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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While its themes of revenge, mutual resentment and grim fatalism offer little hope for a ready solutions, the movie itself testifies to the power of creative collaboration in finding common ground.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Ajami keeps asking: When do people cross the line? And when does pulling the trigger become a viable option?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

February 18, 2010
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Shani and Copti (who costars as a hipster druggie) elicit moving performances from their nonprofessional actors, who ground the somewhat breathless action in a streetwise realism.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 18, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The specifics of the plot in Ajami aren't as important as the impact of many sad moments that build up one after another. Hatred is like the weather. You don't agree with the rain but still you get wet.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 18, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Like an Israeli Amores Perros crossed with City of God.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 17, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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Aside from its honesty, I just think it's a really gripping narrative.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

February 16, 2010
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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An urgent, immediate, jarring-but-fluid, multicharacter portrayal of Arab life in an Israel ghetto.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 11, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Don't worry if you miss some details; this is the kind of movie that rewards a second viewing.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2010
Jay Weissberg
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Rarely has the tinderbox nature of the Middle East been so accurately lensed, on such an intimate scale, as in Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's powerful Ajami.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 3, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The complexity might require a second viewing, but there is compensation in the realistic acting by a cast of non-pros and the eye-grabbing, hand-held lensing by Boaz Yehonatan Yacov.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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You emerge from Ajami moved and also a little worn out, but mostly grateful for the heart, craft and intelligence the movie has shown.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 3, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The combustible movie has had a strangely unifying effect on audiences worldwide; it deserves to find traction where it counts.

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

February 3, 2010
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Untidy, despairing, oddly exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 2, 2010
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