Campfire Reviews

February 21, 2008
Wraps up rather abruptly and a little too neatly, but Campfire still roars effectively.
January 5, 2007
Succeeds because Cedar skillfully develops his narrative, and he is ably helped by a strong cast led by Eshet and fine production
September 23, 2005
It's a story about sexism and inequalities, and were it not for its hokey ending, the film would've gained even more international recognition.
Top Critic
September 15, 2005
Israeli films in general constitute dissenting voices against the established order by championing individual aspirations. Still, Mr. Cedar's own background makes him an unusual candidate for the role of dissenter.
September 9, 2005
Beyond casting a jaundiced eye at the community's oppressive communalism, Campfire neither endorses nor opposes the settler movement that since 1981 has become an incendiary issue in Israel.
September 9, 2005
A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country.
September 9, 2005
A good movie that could have been better, Joseph Cedar's sensitive Israeli drama falters when he trades sociological observations for political ones.
September 9, 2005
Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins.
September 8, 2005
A 'little film' about loneliess and the difficult ability to love and to trust --but at the same time more universal than the shifting tide of nations' concerns.
September 6, 2005
The timelier elements of Campfire, which cleared house at Israel's Academy Awards this year, are too salient to dismiss.
September 1, 2005
Completely monotonous.
June 27, 2005
The half-baked, curiously optimistic ending is frustrating, but otherwise this is a moving, beautifully acted picture.
May 27, 2005
Driven by sharply drawn characters and quietly observed incident.
May 27, 2005
Rings so familiar and universal, you have to remind yourself there are some tricky Middle East politics buried under the emotion.
May 27, 2005
Cedar knows that political ideology is often just the public voice given to the siren call of deeper motivations. It's these more basic instincts -- sex, loneliness, jealousy, fear -- that interest him, and his observant movie is the better for it.
May 27, 2005
A believable household in transition, messy emotions and all.
March 4, 2005
A poignant picture about the need to fit in and find your place in life.