Critics Consensus

Balancing complex Middle Eastern politics against a universal human drama, director Yuval Adler fashions Bethlehem into a thought-provoking, well-acted character study.



Reviews Counted: 47

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 571


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.7/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

Bethlehem Photos

Movie Info

Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. --(C) Adopt

Watch it now


News & Interviews for Bethlehem

Critic Reviews for Bethlehem

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

  • Its most compelling element, however, is the relationship between informer and informant.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bethlehem's plot is nothing new; it's the oft-told Cain and Abel story updated for the age of suicide bombers and tactical strikes, as a tautly structured mix of melodrama and ticking-clock thriller.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Cinematographer Yaron Scharf shoots Bethlehem like a modern western, every grimace, twitch and drop of sweat playing in stark relief against an implacable landscape that has seen much spilled blood.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The politics of "Bethlehem" are complex, but the relationship at its heart is simple: a kid who needs some kind of stability in his life, even if it comes from a most unlikely, and dangerous, place.

    Mar 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A rich, multilayered character study cleverly garbed as an action thriller, Bethlehem is a searing critique of the conflict and its toll - not just in human lives, but also in two peoples' gradual, overall loss of humanity.

    Mar 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bethlehem remains a fairly powerful experience because so much of what we see is inflamed by a violence that seems to have no end.

    Mar 7, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bethlehem

Although it seems like we see this type of film over and over and over again, it is nonetheless yet another great film uncovering truths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Very gripping.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Bethlehem Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features