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Ajami Reviews

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February 1, 2010
More impressive as a formal exercise than as a means to deepen our understanding of the characters or their situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2010
Hollywood [may]think that Ajami is making a political statement... given the partnership of the directors. Unfortunately, it's not enough to make this a memorable film.
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June 30, 2010
Stories of violence, revenge and corruption smartly told by next-gen foreign filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 18, 2010
The specifics of the plot in Ajami aren't as important as the impact of many sad moments that build up one after another. Hatred is like the weather. You don't agree with the rain but still you get wet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2010
Untidy, despairing, oddly exhilarating.
February 16, 2010
Aside from its honesty, I just think it's a really gripping narrative.
January 19, 2010
Gripping, gritty tragedy of complex families who cross at the wrong place at the wrong time. Misunderstood intentions and attitudes sadly lead inexorably to violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
February 2, 2010
A terrific and well-realized first film, one that allows you into a world that very few outsiders have a chance to see and allows you to marvel at the storytelling skills of these two filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
February 4, 2010
A brutally honest, harrowing and provocative glimpse into the cycle of violence in the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
January 19, 2010
There are hints at the sort of collective punishment so often rained down by Palestinians and Israelis upon one another, but really there are far broader concerns here in what is, in effect, a drama of divisions
February 16, 2010
A bold and serious film about the frail threads that keep -- or fail to keep -- a society from falling apart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 4, 2010
Observing the ominous nature of violence and its crushing aftermath, Ajami is a striking raw nerve of a feature film, holding to a steady path of dread, but keeping the story on its toes by jolting back and forth through locations and time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 11, 2010
Has an honest urgency born from the filmmakers' very specific personal histories.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 18, 2010
It's an admirable achievement, taking simplistic, old-fashioned material and passionately adapting it to make it urgent and relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
June 17, 2010
A rare film that will force you to confront your own prejudices.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2010
Filmmakers Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, who also wrote the story, effectively show how, in a tinderbox fueled by racial and religious suspicions, quiet lives can be upended by mere chance, and how constant, random violence feeds upon itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 30, 2010
Ajami is a powerful crime drama in which all are heroes and all are villains.
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
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