Beaufort Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 22, 2008
The audience becomes disheartened long before the protagonist does, and so a full hour before the movie has ended, the audience has received the message, digested it and is ready for the fadeout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 10, 2008
The pawns of war
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
September 1, 2008
Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 23, 2007
Has the claustrophobic feel of 'Das Boot' but is static: no pitched battles, little humor, no women, overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 25, 2008
Culturally specific war movie leaves non-Israelis wondering what we missed
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Daily Mirror [UK]
March 28, 2008
Aside from a pretty impressive final battle, there's little to engage here, although all that waiting around does mean there's time to nicely flesh out the characters, while the action scenes are well handled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 13, 2008
Cedar's film traffics in the mad illogic of battles whose long-forgotten purpose has hardened into mindless routine. But this hushed, atmospheric mood piece, intricately scripted by Cedar and novelist Ron Leshem, is no action picture.
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2008
a profound exploration of identity, meaning and human struggles in all times and places.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Nell Minow
Denver Post
March 28, 2008
[Director Joseph] Cedar gives a surreal, dreamlike quality to many scenes, underscoring the soldiers' isolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 23, 2008
Powerful portrait of an officer and his soldiers facing up to what it means to serve in an army of a fallible, democratic country that spins an explosive pyrrhic victory
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
January 18, 2008
Although the film is mindful of Milestone and Irvin's epics of squandered lives, its focus is tighter and less battle-charged, more Samuel Beckett than Oliver Stone.
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 21, 2008
Moody, tense and claustrophobic, Cedar's unconventional war movie allegorises the political tensions within a beleaguered, bunkered Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2008
Director and co-writer Joseph Cedar loses all goodwill accumulated by his competent, plausibly close-knit cast with heavy-handed use of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 29, 2008
A fine war picture, one that spotlights war's wastefulness and futility, and humanizes its soldier characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible.
Jennifer Merin
New York Press
January 16, 2008
War movies are about heroism. Good war movies cast existential questions around the circumstances of that heroism. Beaufort is a great war movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 21, 2008
Cedar... prefers to let his expansive set and hard-boiled characters tell the story from a ground level rather than implying a commentary... It's as if a weight were lifted, and the 132-minute film moves like a breeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
March 25, 2008
Beaufort is a psychological war film that's trying to answer the question of why we fight. A "stranger in a strange land" sense makes the participants less connected and further strips their human element.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 28, 2008
Beaufort is reflective, quietly powerful, and thought provoking - a sobering postscript to the movie is that one month after filming finished, the 33 day "Second Lebanon War" broke out.
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