The Gatekeepers Reviews

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September 29, 2013
The film bravely pulls focus on Israel's behaviour as an occupying power, the treatment of the Palestinians and joins the growing list of recent films that cast a critical eye over a subject that was once deemed too thorny to question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist
September 27, 2013
This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic so volatile it feels like it's just waiting to explode. And as a film, it's effective - for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
September 8, 2013
Dror Moreh's documentary is remarkable not for stylistic innovation but for the very fact it exists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 5, 2013
The film is detailed and requires concentration, especially for those who need to read the subtitles. But the effort is worth it for anyone vaguely interested in the subject. And of course the subject goes to the heart of the human condition
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
September 4, 2013
A candid, revelatory and at times disturbing documentary that represents one of the 'must-sees' of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 23, 2013
THE GATEKEEPERS doesn't want to function in binaries, it immerses you into the moral and ethical 'grey' quandary of Israel/Palestine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 16, 2013
The Gatekeepers shines as both an excellent history lesson and a remarkably in-depth look at one of the world's most important covert agencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 8, 2013
The Gatekeepers is a fascinating, often shocking, look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of some of the men who would know it best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Moreh's interviewees span generations, from elder statesman Avraham Shalom (mastermind of the 1960 Adolf Eichmann grab) to most recent spook-in-chief Yuval Diskin. Each displays a disarming mix of even-voiced candor and respect for talk-it-out diplomacy.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 19, 2013
As you listen to these six former chiefs of one of the world's most secretive organizations, it's hard not to have your jaw drop in awe, or surprise at their sudden candor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
There is a powerful moment in [the film] when Diskin, head of the Shin Bet from 2005 to 2011, candidly remarks that for the Palestinians he is himself a terrorist. That is not relativism but realism, and the welcome sign of an empathetic imagination.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 5, 2013
Dror Moreh's terrific documentary can stand beside Errol Morris's The Fog of War as a cinematic illustration of how human psyches bend beneath the pressure of terrible actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 2, 2013
A powerful cautionary tale about the concept of security, and how illusory it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Kelemen
AspectRatio.us
April 29, 2013
In the end, the accumulated stories in The Gatekeepers offer tremendous insight about the Israeli-Palestinian situation. It feels more like it was prepared as a history document for Shin Bet rookies than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 26, 2013
...a riveting and sobering documentary about Shin Bet that raises important if unanswerable questions about the morality of state-sanctioned violence in the name of internal security.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
[Moreh] asks just the right questions, never prodding these understandably private men too far but getting what he needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 18, 2013
A riveting but depressing history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 14, 2013
It's a depressing movie, yet there is encouragement to be found in the manifest decency and reasonableness of these six honest, articulate men ...
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 12, 2013
The former heads of Israel's military anti-terrorism agency Shin Bet break their silence in this unnerving, eye-opening documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 12, 2013
The film, though based on the exploits of Shin Bet, gives us reason to think about the drones that take out more than just terrorists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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