[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground
Filmmaker Kolirin shows Israelis what they've been missing, and the rest of us what the Middle East could be, in the gentle, human-scale antics of the confused Egyptian band.
A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same
Not so much a story about Jews and Arabs finding a way to get along as it is a nonpolitical story about people discovering the humanity in others, in all their scared, awkward beauty.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Some of the humorous and touching explorations between the band and their hosts are predictable, but a sweet portrait of humanism amidst language and cultural confusion.
| Original Score: 7/10
One of the film's prime strengths is its wordless willingness to let the principal characters express themselves through music and mime to overcome cultural barriers. [DVD]
| Original Score: 3/4
This foreign film is a sweet, lower-than-low-key story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in the wrong Israeli town.
| Original Score: 3/4
Those who like their comedy, romance, and tragedy in quiet doses should enjoy this textured story.
| Original Score: B
A witty, elegant and deeply affecting film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
What matters is the sense of exhilaration you take away with you.
| Original Score: 4/5
funny, sweet and touching
| Original Score: 75/100
There are no major plot points or dramatic arcs in The Band's Visit, but through its awkward pauses, there's plenty of nuance and wry humour.
A film of exquisite charm, beauty, humor and humanity -- with some of the best performances you're likely to encounter in some considerable time.
| Original Score: 5/5
The Band's Visit is a charming little drama that skirts sentimentality and manages to be a feel-good film without necessarily feeling very good.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.
The 34-year-old Israeli director Eran Kolirin's debut feature is a good one.
| Original Score: A
Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.
...there's hardly a moment in this delightful movie that doesn't ring with authentic human feeling.
| Original Score: 90/100
The formality and the deliberate pace suggest the influence of Laurel and Hardy and Jacques Tati...
Despite the cultural divide between Arabs and Israelis, subtract politics from the mix and their shared humanity shines through in Eran Kolirin's gentle film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4