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Paradise Now Reviews

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November 3, 2005
Takes a volatile story and jams it into the framework of a Hollywood template.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
November 4, 2005
It's too simply reasoned and too tidily made to shake you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2005
[Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad] may have hoped to give a human voice to the suicide bombers, but instead he gave them a misfired movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 27, 2005
never transcends its political posturing and finds the humanity as profoundly as it means to
| Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2005
Feels too much like an ode to terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2005
[It] lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.
November 2, 2005
I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.
November 4, 2005
The martyr tradition in Islam, sadly flourishing again, gets personal but also oddly abstract.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2005
The director's two impulses -- to keep the audience hooked while illuminating the Palestinian plight -- never feel entirely compatible.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2006
For a while as perversely compelling as Spielberg's Munich, the film sadly deflates as a narrative.
September 26, 2017
... it has the great advantage of letting an audience feel it is seeing things it would otherwise never see.
January 27, 2006
... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 6, 2005
Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2005
The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
[A] sensitive, occasionally didactic film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2005
Paradise Now is an agonized inquiry into the minds of a dispossessed new generation of Palestinians, who come off more introspective and internally divided than you'd think.
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
September 1, 2009
The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control
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