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The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

August 3, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Mike Scott

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.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

December 23, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

This foreign film is a sweet, lower-than-low-key story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in the wrong Israeli town.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Those who like their comedy, romance, and tragedy in quiet doses should enjoy this textured story.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

July 19, 2008
David Stratton
The Australian

A witty, elegant and deeply affecting film.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 10, 2008
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

What matters is the sense of exhilaration you take away with you.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2008
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

funny, sweet and touching

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

July 5, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 18, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film of exquisite charm, beauty, humor and humanity -- with some of the best performances you're likely to encounter in some considerable time.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

April 16, 2008
Anders Wright
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 15, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.

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April 13, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The 34-year-old Israeli director Eran Kolirin's debut feature is a good one.

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

April 12, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

April 11, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...there's hardly a moment in this delightful movie that doesn't ring with authentic human feeling.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

April 4, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The formality and the deliberate pace suggest the influence of Laurel and Hardy and Jacques Tati...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2008
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