• 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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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 4/4

July 2, 2014
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

February 17, 2014
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

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 Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2013
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine

The result is a quiet power-so quiet in fact that the score is almost non-existent-that never risks sentimentality or exploitation.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
M. Faust
ArtVoice

Seen with an open mind, it's an experience that gets under your skin in ways you won't expect.

Full Review Source: ArtVoice

October 25, 2013
Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Attack" doesn't force us to pick a side. But it does force us to question our outsiders' hope in conciliation.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

August 21, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Contrary to its blunt title, The Attack takes a nuanced and thoughtful approach

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

August 21, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

August 16, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.

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

August 15, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Thoughtful Israeli political drama.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 9, 2013
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2013
Katherine Monk
Canada.com

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 Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 8, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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[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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2013
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2013
Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com

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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
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
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