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Free Zone Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
There's an art to ambiguity -- there really is... Left to their own devices, viewers will fill in the blanks, but when the movie starts filling them in itself, you have to wonder about the mismatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 20, 2006
An exceptional new film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 2, 2006
Shot mostly in close-ups, it's a fascinating road movie with an absurdist allegorical finale.
Cynthia Fuchs
May 13, 2006
The film is about their journeys, separate and together, and only nominally in Hanna's car.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2006
[A] fractious film from thorny filmmaker Amos Gitai.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine
April 11, 2006
Rebecca (Natalie Portman) is the quiet American who stands on the sidelines while the Israeli and the Palestinian bicker and argue in this intriguing Middle Eastern travelogue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
April 6, 2006
Judging from her heartfelt turn as Rebecca, Portman seems much more at home in character-driven, art house fare than in her usual studio extravaganzas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
April 6, 2006
This is not a geat film, but an extremely good one...
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 6, 2006
The meeting of three women -- an American, an Israeli, and a Palestinian -- in Jordan and their struggle to overcome prejudices and their communal histories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
March 30, 2006
An intriguing allegorical road-trip movie about 3 women in search of an identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 1, 2006
Addressing conflict by conflicting itself, Free Zone's effect is almost avant-garde.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Elley
May 19, 2005
[The] set-up is given a human face by fine performances and a physical journey that's often more interesting than the characters' emotional ones.
Jordan Hiller
October 2, 2007
While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the résumé sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 3, 2007
Without much effort you can imagine the corkboard littered with index cards mapping out the political clashes this cast is asked to act out in their robotic interactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Much of it is labored and overemphatic.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 28, 2006
The elder actresses simmer as they warily interact, but the dialogue is more schematic than dramatic...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2006
The milieu he chooses -- essentially one long, queerly prosaic car ride to nowhere -- robs the film of much of its dramatic force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
July 26, 2006
Portman and the audience are stranded in the middle, on the outside looking in, with nothing to do and patience increasingly wearing thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 7, 2006
A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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