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Paradise Now Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 2, 2005
Paradise Now contributes mightily to further understanding of Palestinian frustrations, as well as the terrorism so sadly rampant in the world today.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 2, 2005
Paradise Now is a great movie on many accounts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 1, 2005
A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.
| Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 28, 2005
Today's assignment: Watch 'Paradise Now.' Discuss.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2005
geopolitical realities shape the narrative, but the characters in Paradise Now remain human -- to the point where we begin to suspect their arguments are voiced largely to convince themselves.
| Original Score: A-
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2005
If the film sounds grim, well, yes, it is dealing with heavy, difficult issues. But, with the exception of [a few] didactic moments, it moves quickly.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 21, 2005
Very good.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2005
A timely film that is disturbing but not necessarily fulfilling, as it never takes a stand and makes clear what is its thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 18, 2005
What is striking about Paradise Now is the stark way Abu-Assad lays out the situation, unvarnished and unbiased.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 18, 2005
Viewers of all persuasions can find a human perspective on an aspect of terrorism that, no matter how often it occurs, is beyond imagining for most of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 18, 2005
The film does not invite you to root for either side of the conflict, just to see these guys as human. It is almost impossible not to empathize with their intense personal struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 18, 2005
The director's two impulses -- to keep the audience hooked while illuminating the Palestinian plight -- never feel entirely compatible.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 17, 2005
Not an entirely successful experiment, plagued with overdone sentimentality and a middle act that serves only to stretch out the slim story, but what "Paradise Now" says, it does so forcefully that it can't be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
November 16, 2005
The most suspenseful film of the year in its own subtle way.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 15, 2005
Feels too much like an ode to terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 11, 2005
It would be difficult to undertake a more politically relevant film or explore a more volatile subject, and Abu-Assad attempts his project with skill and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 11, 2005
[A] sensitive, occasionally didactic film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 11, 2005
A movie hardly lacking for anxiety and uneasiness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 11, 2005
Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad can't tell the entire story in Paradise Now, but he can show glimmers of it.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 11, 2005
If any film of 2005 should be required viewing, it is Paradise Now.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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