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Israel: A Home Movie Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 9, 2013
Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 9, 2013
This haunting cinematic collage puts a human face on the country's strife-wracked history.
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
July 22, 2013
Israel captured through the eyes of ordinary citizens as a vulnerable refuge where tragedy has become the norm, and where peace invariably leads back to war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 13, 2013
Counters myths and official views, [with] the unusually frank look at the changing perceptions of the indigenous Palestinian population, before and after independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
There's a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that's disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
July 10, 2013
The footage often speaks for itself; at times, it seems like Israel would work better as a silent film, allowing the home movies to serve their original function without commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
July 10, 2013
The chaotic and hopeful history of a young nation is idiosyncratically told through this kaleidoscopic barrage of home-movie footage that ranges from the kitchen to the battlefield.
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
July 4, 2013
A prismatic meditation on an entire nation, Eliav Lilti's documentary is history as abstraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 11, 2013
Ultimately, this film reveals the Israeli self-image, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
July 10, 2013
The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 10, 2013
Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
July 10, 2013
The stakes are higher, but the premise is more or less the same as when grandpa whips out the projector.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 28, 2013
Soft-core Zionist propaganda in the vein of "Waltz for Bashir" or "The Gatekeepers".
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