The Attack Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2013
Screenwriters Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma pull quite a few punches here, making the doctor improbably naive about Israeli-Palestinian tensions so that his transformation seems profound.
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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
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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
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2013
It's set up as a descent into the heart of darkness, but it ends up playing out in pallid shades of grey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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+
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 28, 2013
Delicately executed thriller balances its political baggage with unflagging suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 27, 2013
The Attack is an ineluctably involving study of a civilized man caught in the middle of a ruthless, bloody conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2013
Remarkably accomplished and self-confident.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 21, 2013
"The Attack" starts out strong and swiftly unravels somewhere past the midpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
The Attack spreads the blame around for what is undeniably a nasty situation, any way you look at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 20, 2013
[An] intelligent, involving movie that's by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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June 20, 2013
Suliman, who plays Amin, also starred in Paradise Now, and it's no stretch to say The Attack is the most urgent, unblinking movie about the Israeli-Palestinian divide since that 2005 stunner.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 20, 2013
This doleful and nuanced Middle Eastern tragedy is unlike any other recent film from the region in various ways.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
A gripping, personal examination of a seemingly unresolvable conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 20, 2013
Telling this story from the point of view of the perpetrator's anguished, bewildered spouse is an inspired idea, and it may work very well in Khadra's book. Suliman, however, is the wrong actor for the job.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Arresting and upsetting ...
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David Fear
Time Out
June 18, 2013
The Attack turns into a listless verbal assault, batting easy back-and-forth arguments on fundamentalist dogma, bomber hero worship, the Occupation blues, etc., that simply rehash the usual talking points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
This picture may have been intended as only an intelligent drama made out of current conditions-which it is-but it leaves us with a bleak prospect that may be darker than what was intended.