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Free Zone Reviews

September 29, 2006
A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2006
A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 30, 2006
The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks.
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 2, 2006
Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 2, 2006
Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2006
Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2006
The message is made clear within the first 10 minutes, leaving us with about 80 minutes of thematic repetition.
April 12, 2006
[A] fractious film from thorny filmmaker Amos Gitai.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 7, 2006
Free Zone suffers from too-much-information syndrome, stalling out now and again from its tangled narrative wiring and an overload of emotional freight.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2006
It's a nice crying jag by Natalie Portman, but there's not much else here to recommend.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2006
The film is diluted by the use of flashbacks superimposed over present-time scenes. The result is visual chaos.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2006
Amos Gitai's long-winded essay revolves around the interaction of three women, an American, an Israeli and a Palestinian, on a car trip from Israel to Jordan.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 6, 2006
Gitaļ has no real interest in who these women are beyond their symbolic resonance.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 4, 2006
Per usual, Gitai largely eschews exposition, but his reticence sits awkwardly beside his penchant for saddling his deliberately stereotyped figures with trite, unwieldy speeches and symbolic-ironic biographical data.
May 20, 2005
Visually, Free Zone resembles a home movie in which an overly enthusiastic vacationer records every moment of a mundane trip.
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.