Time of Favor Reviews

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 31, 2002
A headline-fresh thriller set among orthodox Jews on the West Bank, Joseph Cedar's Time Of Favor manages not only to find a compelling dramatic means of addressing a complex situation, it does so without compromising that complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 31, 2002
A good thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2002
Cedar takes a very open-minded approach to this sensitive material, showing impressive control, both visually and in the writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 25, 2002
Just as the recent Argentine film Son of the Bride reminded us that a feel-good movie can still show real heart, Time of Favor presents us with an action movie that actually has a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Loren King
Boston Globe
March 22, 2002
An unflinching, complex portrait of a modern Israel that is rarely seen on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 3, 2002
I enjoyed Time of Favor while I was watching it, but I was surprised at how quickly it faded from my memory.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2002
The tone is balanced, reflective and reasonable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2002
One of the most successful, provocative and intensely contemporary of Israeli films, so much so that to watch it is to feel the country having a passionate argument with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gallo
New Times
January 31, 2002
This fascinating look at Israel in ferment feels as immediate as the latest news footage from Gaza and, because of its heightened, well-shaped dramas, twice as powerful.
Top Critic
John Anderson
January 18, 2002
Packs a considerable wallop.
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 17, 2002
What distinguishes Time of Favor from countless other thrillers is its underlying concern with the consequences of words and with the complicated emotions fueling terrorist acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 15, 2002
A flawed but engrossing thriller.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Stylistically, it resembles a well-intentioned, earnest TV problem drama from the late '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 30, 2002
Earnest but heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 31, 2002
Time of Favor could have given audiences the time of day by concentrating on the elements of a revealing alienation among a culture of people who sadly are at hostile odds with one another through recklessness and retaliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 22, 2002
Places a slightly believable love triangle in a difficult-to-swallow setting, and then disappointingly moves the story into the realm of an improbable thriller.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003

August 20, 2002

August 6, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 19, 2002
A provocative and controversial twist on terrorism in the Middle East.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 9, 2002
Kim Linekin
June 10, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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