Waltz with Bashir Reviews

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
April 7, 2015
The movie's aesthetic and narrative confusion are as much products of a muddled, if just barely successful, approach as it is of Folman's search among the ruins of his memory.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
As hypnotic as the animation is, it distracts from the film's clear problems.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 17, 2012
The flatness of the Flash animation keeps visual bombast to a minimum, even during surreal interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
Every scene fizzes and crackles with creative charisma as we are carried on an emotional journey of epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 6, 2010
Despite the director's refusal to come to terms with Israel's role in the Sabra-Shatila massacre, this is a pacifist film that ranks with "Platoon" and other classics.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
Persepolis meets Full Metal Jacket in Ari Folman's powerful and original animated war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 6, 2010
These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now.
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
July 6, 2010
Waltz with Bashir uses vivid, hand-drawn animation to bring to life interviews Folman conducted with friends who were involved in the Lebanese war in the early 1980s.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
[This] investigation into the dark regions of horror, culpability, and memory is all the more powerful because of his film's rueful hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 6, 2010
The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 6, 2010
Special, strange and peculiarly potent.
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
July 6, 2010
As Folman makes peace with his past, he also makes a strong argument against war. Waltz with Bashir is a haunted and haunting film, one that resonates long after the final fadeout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
Folman's use of animation permits an audience to engage with the events, such as they are recalled, in a way that the simple testimony of those involved could not achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
December 13, 2009
Visually striking, but there is a significant problem in that Folman and his fellow veterans are presented as victims rather than victimizers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 2, 2009
Waltz With Bashir does what many films have done before; that is convinces us that war is hell, but it does so in way that is frightening and engaging in an entirely new way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Waltz is a challenging film in the best sense of the word. It asks questions about the nature of memory and life during a time of war without providing any pat answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
An arresting concept, yet the resulting film is skimpy, numbing, and less searching than it believes it is
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2009
The look of Waltz with Bashir is what is most arresting. It's a deep, multi-plane style of animation that incorporates photo-real settings, realistic renderings of the people and under-animated movement, especially of faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 30, 2009
it feels like a fever dream, but moves forward with the churning internal logic and dogged persistence of a mystery-thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 31, 2009
Folman's personal journey to recover/understand his own memories in the context of a great national nightmare is a unique, arresting documentary that will stick with you for a good long while. I was so glad I was able to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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