Omar Reviews

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April 17, 2014
This gripping Palestinian thriller evokes Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating.
March 13, 2014
It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before.
March 7, 2014
Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter.
March 3, 2014
A fraught film ...
February 28, 2014
Abu-Assad offers no solutions here. Instead he paints a portrait of the daily rhythms of the occupation, an endless conflict that has seeped into every aspect of life in the West Bank.
February 28, 2014
The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world.
April 3, 2019
Though narratively uninspired and lacking strong performances to lead us through the tale, Abu-Assad's pensive examination of the toxic environment in the Middle East is as riveting as it was in his lauded suicide bomber drama.
August 31, 2018
There are no clear-cut good guys or bad guys in Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's stinging vision; no one in Omar exits with clean hands, which helps lift the movie above its grounding in the basics of film noir.
August 31, 2018
The action tropes handled so well in the film's first half are pushed aside for clumsy melodrama by the end of the film.
October 3, 2017
Omar is a relatively undidactic take on the lives of ordinary Palestinians with no choice but to endure the indignities imposed by the constraints of Israel's "separation wall."
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