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5 Broken Cameras Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
Here you get a rare glimpse of exactly what the interface between a West Bank resident and the Israeli army has been like ...
Dan Jardine
December 29, 2013
5 Broken Cameras is cinema made - not as if - but really, literally because the life of the film-maker depends on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 24, 2013
... a mix of citizen journalism and social memoir.
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
Don't look to the film for specifics, but see instead a picture that suggests the impossibility of peace and a broken system, that while effective, practically ensures another go-round with the next generation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 23, 2013
More than or in addition to being a non-fiction, the film is a piece of life told from a personal perspective.
Emanuel Levy
February 21, 2013
The circumstances under which this provocative, Oscar-nominated Palestinian documentary were made are just as interesting as the work itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2013
This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 21, 2013
[A] distressing portrait of everyday life in the West Bank... [B]oth horrific... and powerfully warm, funny, and human.
Jon Frosch
February 18, 2013
Burnat and Davidi give us access to one slice of the conflict, packaging it into a sturdily constructed work that bristles with barely contained fury.
November 4, 2012
It's a highly personalised and subjective account of the situation, yet still gives us a clear sense of how complicated life there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sherwyn Spencer
Little White Lies
October 24, 2012
A fascinating reminder of why the humble video camera can be used as a weapon against political oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 21, 2012
It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it's like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession ...
Rich Cline
October 19, 2012
It's impossible to understate the importance of this documentary in helping us see exactly what life is like in occupied Palestine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2012
It is of course a one-sided film, but a powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 18, 2012
Each broken camera records a human tragedy as it flickers with its last gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 18, 2012
Burnat's first-person footage of skirmishes with Israeli forces, filmed over five years on the titular damaged equipment, should have been allowed to tell its own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 16, 2012
A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 15, 2012
A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 28, 2012
Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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