The Attack Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 2, 2014
A sort of mystery in reverse, 'The Attack' is both a character study and a love story. It's also about terrorism and the driving forces behind catastrophic acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emily S. Mendel
February 17, 2014
We learn that beneath some urbane and sophisticated Israelis lies a cold and hardened heart. We see Palestinians who live to commit terror without regard to its consequences.
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
November 14, 2013
It's a sorrowful film, as Amin finds some answers he doesn't want to hear, and discovers that other answers are simply unknowable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
The result is a quiet power-so quiet in fact that the score is almost non-existent-that never risks sentimentality or exploitation.
M. Faust
October 25, 2013
Seen with an open mind, it's an experience that gets under your skin in ways you won't expect.
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Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2013
"The Attack" doesn't force us to pick a side. But it does force us to question our outsiders' hope in conciliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
August 21, 2013
Certainly not easy to digest, but the internal struggle director/co-writer Ziad Doueiri isolates here is exceptional at times, giving the divisive topic the meditative approach it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Contrary to its blunt title, The Attack takes a nuanced and thoughtful approach
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 16, 2013
The prevailing mood is somber, but the film is particularly affective at conveying the senselessness of trying to make sense of a conflict that has gained nothing beyond a vast waste of human life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 9, 2013
Thoughtful Israeli political drama.
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2013
Imagine a blissful life taken away: Story of an Arab man who's assimilated into Israeli society but finds out that his wife was a suicide bomber. Nothing new here about the conflict, fair portrayal of the sides, thought provoking without solutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Katherine Monk
August 8, 2013
Drenched in the sweat of spontaneous revelations, and the blood of deep betrayal, this story of an assimilated Arab living in Tel Aviv forces the viewer to ask deeper questions about the very nature of "terror" -- as well as its adjacent "ism."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 1, 2013
[Doueiri] does a fine job of presenting us with two worlds in conflict: modern, prosperous and progressive Tel Aviv, and Nablus, a city of shadows, squalor and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 1, 2013
For all its politics ... "The Attack" is a personal story of a man whose romanticized memories of his wife prevent him from seeing the truth and moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marsha McCreadie
July 26, 2013
The Attack is the best kind of anti-war propaganda film, calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism, which can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
July 24, 2013
It's an accomplished drama anchored by an understated, captivating performance from an actor who fills nearly every frame of every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 22, 2013
...Ziad Doueiri has made the most extraordinary film on Middle Eastern suicide bombings yet by turning it into an investigative love story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 12, 2013
"The Attack" is about madness, personal and political, and a tragic overlap of the two beyond understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 11, 2013
demonstrates as a director the kind of elliptical reserve more commonly associated with Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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