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Walk on Water (2005)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 21

Politically complex and ambitious, Walk on Water delivers a memorable story of guilt, revenge, and human connectivity.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 8

Politically complex and ambitious, Walk on Water delivers a memorable story of guilt, revenge, and human connectivity.



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An Israeli agent with a license to kill is thrown off his game by two people who challenge his deeply held assumptions in this drama. Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) is an agent with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and security force. A man capable of making snap moral judgments but unwilling to reveal his emotions, Eyal has been burying himself in his often bloody work since the death of his wife. Eyal's latest assignment is to try to learn the whereabouts of a Nazi war criminal; as it happens, his


Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense

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Aug 30, 2005


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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (21) | DVD (7)

Terrific Israeli drama.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The film deals with many serious issues, some of them only superficially, but Fox places them all in the context of the growing friendship between the two opposites.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Affecting performances by the cast place those abstract issues firmly in the human world.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The negotiation of each character's burdensome collective history as they try to figure out how to proceed into a more rational future, makes for engaging and articulate multinational storytelling.

May 29, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Israeli filmmaker Fox and his cast create vivid, recognisable characters who dare to grapple with untouchable topics.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An entertaining, sensitive thriller highlighted by Lior Ashkenazi, a babe magnet if there ever was one, that only falls apart with its simplistic, feel-good climax.

June 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

Fast moving and intelligent enough to hold the interest of anyone with a marginal understanding of politics and history.

June 17, 2005

An ambitious film, wrapped inside the package of a thriller, that delivers on most - if not all - of its lofty aspirations.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Most definitely, there's something happening here.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

It's essentially a personal drama, but the fact that it plays out within the barest framework of a genre thriller gives it a weird, appealing edge.

June 9, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Ashkenazi ... (is) believable as an instrument of crude justice, a good soldier who's only just beginning to question his orders.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In spite of the string of false notes struck at the close, Walk on Water leaves you with much to admire and to ponder, including a trio of fine performances.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

As frustrating and overbearing as parts of the film are, the inability to pin it down completely does makes it all the more watchable.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Honorable but not particularly affecting...

May 27, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

What holds all the divisions of Walk on Water, and the rest of Fox's ambitious but slightly far-flung agenda, together is Ashkenazi's stirring performance.

May 27, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

The history of this film sparkles with fresh thinking.

May 12, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Has its heart in the right place, but the grim reality of day-to-day events in the region nullify its strained opposites-attract formulaics.

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The picture takes a satisfyingly long time revealing secrets.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

If you want to test the current state of Israel's collective soul you could do a whole lot worse than Walk on Water.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Walk on Water

Beautiful scenery. Great story. Well done foreign film.
October 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

Interesting premise, well executed, excellent performances.
September 19, 2008
jay nixon

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[font=Century Gothic]"Walk on Water" starts with a macho Israeli government assassin, Eyal(Lior Ashkenazi), returning after the completion of a successful mission in Istanbul to find his wife, Iris, has committed suicide. A month later, his boss, Menachem(Gideon Shemer), feels that he is not ready for active duty and has a different kind of assignment for him. A former Nazi, Alfred Himmelman, responsible for the death of many people during the Holocaust, was in hiding and there is a chance he may still be alive. If so, Menachem wants a crack at him before he does die of natural causes. Himmelman's granddaughter, Pia(Caroline Peters), conveniently lives on a kibbutz in country while her brother, Axel(Knut Berger), is about to visit her. So, Menachem assigns Eyal to play tour guide, so he can get close to the siblings and see what information he can gather.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Walk on Water" is well-meaning to a fault in calling for peace but it is very, very obvious and predictable.(For example, the classic antiwar song "For What It's Worth" is played three times on the soundtrack.) The film gives a very simplistic treatment to complex themes of history and politics. The characters are thinly drawn, especially Eyal. And the coda is especially hard to believe. [/font]
June 20, 2006
Walter M.

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A great thriller and Nazi pursuit...perhaps the best crafted thus far.
December 24, 2012
John Ballantine

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    1. Menachem: I want to get him before God does.
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