The Band's Visit Reviews

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November 18, 2011
July 10, 2008
What matters is the sense of exhilaration you take away with you.
April 13, 2008
The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.
April 11, 2008
Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.
March 14, 2008
Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.
March 14, 2008
It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.
March 7, 2008
A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.
March 6, 2008
You can watch The Band's Visit for its political idealism, or you can watch it for entertainment value alone. In either case, it doesn't disappoint.
February 29, 2008
[Director] Kolirin wonderfully maintains an atmosphere of both humor and melancholy.
February 29, 2008
You expect The Band's Visit to be a sweet little snapshot, a delightful and endearing culture-clash movie -- funny and poignant and human. And it is all those things. What's surprising is how it manages to be just a bit more.
February 28, 2008
Sharply observed and agreeably acted, The Band's Visit doesn't soar to giddy heights, but it moves along and holds one's attention.
February 28, 2008
With luck, filmgoers who discover this gem about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town will make it the must-see movie of the season.
February 27, 2008
A drama about isolation and communication, The Band's Visit is characterized both by strongly delineated characters and low-key comedy.
February 22, 2008
Every frame of this low-key delight is about foreignness.
February 15, 2008
What a lovely first feature this is from Israeli director Eran Kolirin, brief at a mere 80-plus minutes but never in a rush, never loud, always willing to wait for the emotion to bubble up quietly from the situation.
February 15, 2008
There's just one thing wrong with The Band's Visit: it's fiction, not a documentary. You want a story as warm as this to be real, because good news is scarce from the Middle East.
February 8, 2008
This modest little fable from Israel, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, has spellbinding resonances, yet never breaks the spell by blowing its own horn.
February 8, 2008
At moments, the movie is almost sentimental, but the performances save it every time.
February 7, 2008
Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between 'sweetly humane' and 'cloyingly quirky,' but [director] Kolirin pulls back the reins just enough, maintaining control by expressing as much with his framing as with his script.
February 6, 2008
Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope.
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