• Zaytoun
    2 minutes 51 seconds
    Added: Aug 8, 2013

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Zaytoun Reviews

Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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We've ... got to admit right up front: Part of our interest was simply to see what Stephen Dorff is doing playing an Israeli POW.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's probably best viewed as a fable that tries to strike a hopeful note amid the many woes of the Middle East, but the blunt filmmaking and the near-sentimentality make it hard to buy into.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The resolution is a bit Hollywood, but then who says all films about the Middle East have to be relentlessly grim? "Zaytoun" dares to find common ground and hope amidst political confusion.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

October 4, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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A trek that is occasionally very unlikely, but moving nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2013
John Anderson
Variety
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Given how much Zaytoun follows the playbook, the pic's portentous ending is extraordinarily subtle, and will resonate best with those who know the history of the region.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 23, 2013
Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
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The film's facile message of cross-cultural unity owes more to fairy tale than reality, but the action is slick and the story gripping.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 23, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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In grabbing for the heart this one-size-fits-all fable sadly ignores the mind.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 19, 2013
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Congeniality isn't necessarily honesty ... and Riklis regularly fudges.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 19, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Zaytoun wants to milk a historical moment as a plea for tolerance; its only accomplishment is to channel the forgettable foreign-film exotica of decades past.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2013
John Oursler
Village Voice
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By the end ... the director's ambivalence is overwhelming, obscuring an important story with undeniable modern parallels.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2013
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