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9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 18, 2007
9 Star Hotel is an empathetic portrait of a particular human circumstance, but without greater context, it ultimately feels like only half the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 24, 2007
A documentary filled with immediacy but free of analysis, a fascinating but ultimately unenlightening record of [Palestine's] plight.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
A little voiceover commentary might add more than the sound of his panting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 23, 2007
Like all good political documentaries, 9 Star Hotel is more anthropology than agitprop, a portrait of life among the young, poorly educated men who are caught between Israeli exploitation and Palestinian Authority corruption.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
May 25, 2007
Haar's handheld camera rawly captures the breathless scrambles and nocturnal disorientation of the fleeing Palestinians.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2007
This 2006 film heightens our sympathy for the photogenic young guys and underscores the inherent irony of their lives.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
May 23, 2007
A riveting portrait of disenfranchisement.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
May 25, 2007
Haar's powerful and terribly sad film speaks volumes, not just about life in contemporary Israel, but in the U.S. as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Louis Proyect
January 2, 2009
A documentary about the indignities suffered by undocumented Palestinian workers in Israel working on a construction site for a luxury hotel in a soulless "city of the future".
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