The Other Son Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
October 24, 2012
The Other Son is set in a realistic modern world, but it feels more like a fable (and, at its worst, like wish fulfillment) than a true exploration of what it would be like to have your world turned upside down in this way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2012
The filmmakers focus almost entirely on matters of displacement of cultural identity in scenes that are at once passably engaging and stunningly shortsighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 24, 2012
The kind of movie that engenders a vigorous debate after viewing it. At a minimum, it will goad your mind to consider the issues - familial and political - in a new way.
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
October 23, 2012
Ham-fisted dialogue and clichéd characterizations trump genuine chemistry in The Other Son, a contrived Franco-Israeli drama about two 18-year-olds, an Israeli and a Palestinian, accidentally switched at birth.
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Matt Singer
Time Out
October 23, 2012
The cast's performances are so gut-wrenching (particularly from Emmanuelle Devos and Areen Omari as the boys' equally empathic mothers) that the film's hopeful message and abundance of heart prove impossible to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
October 22, 2012
An adequate if never surprising effort from French helmer Lorraine Levy.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 21, 2012
Viewing the Palestine-Israeli conflict through a switched-at-birth plot device proves compelling, though not entirely adequate in director Lorraine Levy's uncoordinated melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 20, 2012
An uplifting drama about two young men - a Jew and a Palestinian - that waters the seeds of empathy in our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 20, 2012
"The Other Son" may be wishful thinking but does show what might happen - what can happen - when the luxury of hatred is taken away from a Palestinian and an Israeli family.
Full Review | Original Score: 8
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 5, 2012
The oft-used theme of babies switched at birth gets a solid, politicized treatment in this French-Israeli production.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2012
Moving French drama tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via a pair of prodigal sons accidentally switched at birth.
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