Forgiveness Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2011
While the subject of this Israeli feature is riveting and the intention honorable, the narrative strategy and technical execution leave much to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
September 12, 2008
The film's laudable attempts to encompass the far-reaching quagmire of Jewish tribal identity, politics and psychology could have a profound effect on the audiences who do find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
August 21, 2008
A metaphorical Israeli trauma sanctuary built over a massacred Palestinian village, and a raw yet mystical inquiry into the thin line between war and murder, and how combat multiples rather than eradicates enemies. Jewish guilt, Israeli style.
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
Builds on real macabre coincidences to pile on symbolism higher and higher in time-tripping phantasmagoria of flashbacks, nightmares,fantasy and occasional credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
September 13, 2008
Isn't it time to accept that narrative film may not be the best way to deal with complicated socio-political issues like the Israel-Palestine conflict?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 12, 2008
The result is a hodgepodge of plots and styles, a fault compounded by stiff acting and, except for a few scenes, wooden direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 12, 2008
The message may be clear -- suppress the past at your peril -- but the execution is a mess.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 11, 2008
Forgiveness feels like a high-concept stage play, the kind of well-meant but pretentious project where grand themes are worked out in a claustrophobic setting among a small cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 10, 2008
David's trauma, madness, and recovery is arranged as a puzzle of dreams, flashbacks, hallucinations, and strikingly choreographed numbers that, while occasionally dazzling, remains in pieces at film's end.
Harvey S. Karten
September 9, 2008
Its originality is stunted by a hodgepodge of pretentious scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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New York Times
October 23, 2008
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AV Club
October 18, 2008
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