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Ajami Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
Any given half-hour of the film has dramatic impact; at two hours, it's a power punch to the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 29, 2010
The fact that these two Israelis from opposite camps worked together to make this movie is as important as the movie itself.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 22, 2010
A compelling drama about prejudice and folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 22, 2010
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 12, 2010
It's a film that rewards close attention, involving disparate characters whose lives intersect over the course of several chapters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 26, 2010
Good intentions are one thing, of course, and good writing and filmmaking another. Ajami is lucky to have all three.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 18, 2010
Ajami keeps asking: When do people cross the line? And when does pulling the trigger become a viable option?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
February 18, 2010
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2010
Like an Israeli Amores Perros crossed with City of God.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
February 16, 2010
Aside from its honesty, I just think it's a really gripping narrative.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2010
An urgent, immediate, jarring-but-fluid, multicharacter portrayal of Arab life in an Israel ghetto.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 5, 2010
Don't worry if you miss some details; this is the kind of movie that rewards a second viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 3, 2010
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 3, 2010
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2010
The combustible movie has had a strangely unifying effect on audiences worldwide; it deserves to find traction where it counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
February 2, 2010
Untidy, despairing, oddly exhilarating.