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Ajami Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
Its sense of ambiance, most apparent during scenes of simple conversation between characters, more than compensates for the cinematic overdetermination.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 2, 2011
Una contundente ópera prima, narrada en forma fragmentaria a la manera de Amores Perros o Crash, que retrata con brutal honestidad la vida en un conflictivo vecindario de Jaffa. Estupendo elenco de actores no profesionales.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 21, 2010
Gripping modern-day drama about crime and tensions among the Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
September 4, 2010
... acutely insightful about the social divisions within Israel, but it examines them without scolding or sentimentality.
July 19, 2010
A confident contemporary crime thriller that, yes, may rely on perhaps a few too many plot coincidences to hang together, but otherwise offers a bracing insight into a troubled situation without hectoring us with insipid platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 30, 2010
Stories of violence, revenge and corruption smartly told by next-gen foreign filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 24, 2010
The actors, every one of them new to their craft, make the everydayness of the picture indelible and real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
June 17, 2010
The pattern of connections and coincidences is a little overschematic, but the movie has energy, especially in the grippingly real shooting scene at the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
June 17, 2010
A rare film that will force you to confront your own prejudices.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
June 17, 2010
Ajami has an appealingly rough-edged, authentic feel to it, thanks to some strong location work and the fact that the cast is drawn largely from non-professionals and real life locals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 16, 2010
This is vividly challenging, utterly inclusive and heartfelt cinema. It's not only gripping to watch, but it'll open your eyes to the intractable human conundrums behind the blood-stained headlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 16, 2010
By showing how people fail to live together - in a film you could call Israel's City of God, with its sectarian-feuding story lent power and immediacy by improvisation and non-professional casting - Ajami shows how they might or should live together.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
June 13, 2010
Ajami may be set in Israel, but at times it plays more like an American gangster drama. The film does address the ethnic and social tensions that run through the country, but it does so in a nuanced and refreshingly clear-eyed way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
June 11, 2010
The movie is insightful in revealing how messy life can be with enemies living in close proximity to one another. The press notes point out the...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 4, 2010
While Quentin Tarantino used the narrative device to give his film a caffeinated jolt of hipster cool, co-directors Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani use it brilliantly to show the chaotic web of violence that traps Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 28, 2010
A deceptive movie, one that introduces its characters in the heat of violence, allows us to make conclusions based on what we see, then shatters our assumptions in the telling of how that moment came about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010
The performances are searingly intense, all delivered by non-professionals cast to type and extemporizing within the parameters of the script. They take the play out of acting, and the effect is unvarnished realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 6, 2010
Any given half-hour of the film has dramatic impact; at two hours, it's a power punch to the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
April 30, 2010
Ajami is a powerful crime drama in which all are heroes and all are villains.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 29, 2010
Contrivances bring this bunch together, and the plotting gets a little too complicated and convoluted. Luckily, these are characters that feel real, whose problems are relatable.
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