Paradise Now Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 3, 2005
Takes a volatile story and jams it into the framework of a Hollywood template.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2005
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 | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 4, 2005
It's too simply reasoned and too tidily made to shake you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 11, 2005
[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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com
October 27, 2005
never transcends its political posturing and finds the humanity as profoundly as it means to
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 15, 2005
Feels too much like an ode to terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
September 13, 2005
[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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 2, 2005
I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 4, 2005
The martyr tradition in Islam, sadly flourishing again, gets personal but also oddly abstract.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 18, 2005
The director's two impulses -- to keep the audience hooked while illuminating the Palestinian plight -- never feel entirely compatible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 2, 2006
For a while as perversely compelling as Spielberg's Munich, the film sadly deflates as a narrative.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2005
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 | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 11, 2005
[A] sensitive, occasionally didactic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 27, 2005
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 17, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2005
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.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 2, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 6, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
November 16, 2011

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

BBC.com
May 6, 2006
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Time Out
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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