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Paradise Now (2005)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 11

This film delves deeply into the minds of suicide bombers, and the result is unsettling.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 4

This film delves deeply into the minds of suicide bombers, and the result is unsettling.



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Two youths from the Gaza strip are just 48 hours away from becoming the latest suicide bombers. Two young Palestinian men, Khaled and Said, are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must be maintained and they can tell nobody of their mission, theirs can be no proper farewell. The next morning, the men are brought to the border. The bombs have been

Mar 21, 2006


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (11) | DVD (10)

... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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... remarkable ...

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Very good.

November 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Could a more important, relevant and complimentary film to Munich have come out in 2005?

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Abu-Assad does a good job of building tension and showing some of the complexities within Palestinian culture. He has, as they say, put a human face on the Palestinians.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Un film duro, polémico y bien realizado, que promueve el debate sobre un conflicto aún por resolver.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

A tragedy regardless of its conclusion, Paradise Now is an important and powerful effort to explicate the inexplicable.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

While it fails to make a compelling argument for terrorism, it is a compelling story nonetheless.

March 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's all compelling, and the film boasts an ending that leaves the audience sitting in numbed silence.

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For a while as perversely compelling as Spielberg's Munich, the film sadly deflates as a narrative.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comments (2)
Orlando Weekly

Ainda que assuma claramente a defesa da causa palestina, o cineasta deixa clara sua reprovação ao terrorismo.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Paradise Now gets a little frantic and lost near the end, which is infinitely preferable to the bourgeois accessibility of its beginning. I would love for the film to have gone much further, cut deeper.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

The film continues to twist and turn until the very end, keeping us guessing as to what the would-be martyrs will do.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[S]tylistically far removed from what we see on the evening news, [it also] allows for a psychological depth that this subject oftentimes sorely lacks.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

Paradise Now stands as evidence of troubled and troubling times.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

explores suicide bombers more intimately than ever before

December 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

The acting of Kais Naschef and Ali Suliman is superb throughout this realistic portrait of a pair of Palestinian suicide bombers.

December 3, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Paradise Now contributes mightily to further understanding of Palestinian frustrations, as well as the terrorism so sadly rampant in the world today.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Paradise Now

Why commit suicide? You only lose everything. So what's a good reason? What? Revenge. And so this film looks at the motivation of some Palestinian boys fed up with the powerlessness in their own lives and decide to take matters into their own hands. Interesting and original, if simplistic.
March 2, 2013

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Two Palestinian would-be suicide bombers get separated after their plot goes wrong.
From the Palestinian perspective, there are few films that do their side of the conflict better than Paradise Now. Directors Hany Abu-Assad and Amedeo Pagani exhibit fearless filmmaking; they don't balk at choosing suicide bombers as their heroes and attempt to fully explore the conditions that would drive people to such extremes. We get the spouting rhetoric of the violent resistance's leaders, the war-torn landscapes, and some - though not enough - of the examples of how Israel's occupation affects the Palestinians' daily lives.
The performances by the two leads, Kais Nashef and Ali Suliman, are fantastic. Especially after his haircut, Nashef reminded me of an Arab Clive Owen with his intense, piercing stare and his determined walk. Lubna Azabal plays "girl," but she does it fairly well.
I thought the film did devolve into a reading of Fanon versus Gandhi post-colonial theory during the conversation between Suha and Khaled; this was the only time when I thought that the film's political analysis was not rooted in the characters. And I thought that Khaled's transformation wasn't portrayed completely; there certainly needed to be more steps along the way.
Overall, for anyone interested in why political power players constantly discuss Israel and Palestine, this is an important film, and if you aren't interested in this conflict, you should be.
January 1, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Unfortunately, I could neither relate to it, nor did I find it entertaining (but I suppose it wasn't meant to entertain). However, it wasn't too lengthy & the 90-something-minutes duration made it fairly watchable/bearable.
March 26, 2010

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Intense, borderline claustrophobic, but all along it felt like something was missing in this film... cinematographically fantastic though, and exciting by times, it's worth watching, but it wasn't the fantastic film I'd heard it was. I still liked it, just an expectation problem I suppose. Still a better than average movie, no question.
September 12, 2009

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