Free Zone Reviews

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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.
October 2, 2007
While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the rsum sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return
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.
March 1, 2007
Much of it is labored and overemphatic.
September 29, 2006
A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.
September 28, 2006
The elder actresses simmer as they warily interact, but the dialogue is more schematic than dramatic...
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.
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.
July 20, 2006
An exceptional new film.
July 7, 2006
A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.
June 30, 2006
The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks.
June 14, 2006
...never seems to gain much emotional traction throughout its meandering female road trip, despite some provocative subject matter.
June 2, 2006
Shot mostly in close-ups, it's a fascinating road movie with an absurdist allegorical finale.
June 2, 2006
Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails.
June 2, 2006
Free Zone has a somewhat challenging narrative made more problematic by the difficulty involved in caring about the characters.
June 2, 2006
Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama.
June 2, 2006
Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull.
June 2, 2006
Maybe being stuck in the car is supposed to give you that claustrophobic feeling that you're in the middle of this, but it feels like a low-budget home movie from a vacation you wouldn't want to take.
June 1, 2006
Despite dealing with a journey, this confused and confusing movie seems to go nowhere.
May 26, 2006
A vague and underdeveloped story that makes a tired point about the ability of female relationships to rise above hatred and conflict.
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