• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ziad Doueiri
    In Theaters:
    Jun 21, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 12, 2013
  • Cohen Media Group

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The Attack Reviews

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Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

It's an accomplished drama anchored by an understated, captivating performance from an actor who fills nearly every frame of every scene.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

July 24, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...Ziad Doueiri has made the most extraordinary film on Middle Eastern suicide bombings yet by turning it into an investigative love story.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

July 22, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"The Attack" is about madness, personal and political, and a tragic overlap of the two beyond understanding.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

July 12, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

demonstrates as a director the kind of elliptical reserve more commonly associated with Terrence Malick.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The Attack successfully walks a fine line, examining both sides of a complex issue while remaining focused on Amin's personal torment.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2013

Emerges as one of the more piercing pieces of fiction on this subject.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 10, 2013
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

The Israeli-Arab conflict is stripped to its most intensely personal level in The Attack, a haunting and heartbreaking meditation on violence, choice, love and duty that is one of the most remarkable films of the year.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 3, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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Delicately executed thriller balances its political baggage with unflagging suspense.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2013
Marc Mohan
Oregonian

Suliman gives his all as the bereft, bewildered Amin, and the stern, bald-headed Gavriel, in a smaller role, comes off as the ultimate Israeli authority figure.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

June 28, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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As this film demonstrates in so many ways, the intractability of the Arab-Israeli political situation is, to put it mildly, not easily resolved, least of all onscreen.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

June 28, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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The Attack is an ineluctably involving study of a civilized man caught in the middle of a ruthless, bloody conflict.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

June 27, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Remarkably accomplished and self-confident.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 27, 2013
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

A stark portrait of love, politics, and betrayal.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.7/10

June 27, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

[T]urns from pointed social criticism into an absorbing mystery. . . that departs from stereotypes. . .to become a gripping political thriller and a disturbing warning.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

June 26, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film unfolds like an endless argument, and in a way that's perfect; the unhappy union at the heart of "The Attack" isn't just the one that Amin and Siham had, but the forced one that that Jews and Palestinians continue to have.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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"The Attack" starts out strong and swiftly unravels somewhere past the midpoint.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 21, 2013
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News

This is not a soft-hearted movie offering quiet hope.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2013
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

What results is a film very much aimed at a Western audience, that is surefooted and fearless even as it ventures deeper and deeper into the dark heart of one of the most defining and complex conflicts of our time.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

June 20, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The Attack spreads the blame around for what is undeniably a nasty situation, any way you look at it.

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

June 20, 2013
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