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Paradise Now Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Takes a volatile story and jams it into the framework of a Hollywood template.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
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A timely film that is disturbing but not necessarily fulfilling, as it never takes a stand and makes clear what is its thinking.

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

November 19, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's too simply reasoned and too tidily made to shake you up.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 4, 2005
Phil Hall
Film Threat

[Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad] may have hoped to give a human voice to the suicide bombers, but instead he gave them a misfired movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2005
Jay Antani

never transcends its political posturing and finds the humanity as profoundly as it means to

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Feels too much like an ode to terrorism.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2005
Derek Elley
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[It] lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 2, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The martyr tradition in Islam, sadly flourishing again, gets personal but also oddly abstract.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 4, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The director's two impulses -- to keep the audience hooked while illuminating the Palestinian plight -- never feel entirely compatible.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

February 2, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.

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

January 27, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

geopolitical realities shape the narrative, but the characters in Paradise Now remain human -- to the point where we begin to suspect their arguments are voiced largely to convince themselves.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

November 25, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2005
James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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[A] sensitive, occasionally didactic film.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Paradise Now is an agonized inquiry into the minds of a dispossessed new generation of Palestinians, who come off more introspective and internally divided than you'd think.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 27, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Not an entirely successful experiment, plagued with overdone sentimentality and a middle act that serves only to stretch out the slim story, but what "Paradise Now" says, it does so forcefully that it can't be ignored.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2005
Fernando F. Croce

The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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While nothing truly new or shocking emerges, the film does bring clarity and compassion to its depiction of an act that baffles, angers and sickens people the world over.

October 18, 2005
Ben Walters
Time Out
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August 16, 2007
Leonard Maltin
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November 2, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
May 6, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005

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December 6, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2005

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January 17, 2006
May 6, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

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June 18, 2012
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