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Paradise Now Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
... remarkable ...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 21, 2005
Very good.
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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
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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
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 10, 2005
What makes the film more than a routine thriller is its willingness to explore what makes these walking time bombs tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 10, 2005
The movie is driven by the characters' passionate, despairing arguments about the fine line between victimization and violence. But Paradise Now also has, at times, an almost surreal visual flair.
| Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 4, 2005
Asks the big questions and answers quite a few of them, although its ending is tantalizingly ambiguous.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2005
The film captures the bleakness of the West Bank and, more powerfully, shows us lives so grim that the thought of paradise now seems enticing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2005
With a documentarian's eye and a dramatist's urgency, Abu-Assad sneaks into the mind of a suicide bomber, and also his heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 4, 2005
It's too simply reasoned and too tidily made to shake you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 3, 2005
Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 3, 2005
Paradise catches and keeps your attention because of its daring subject, real-life backdrops and the intensity of its actors.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 3, 2005
Troubling but excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 2, 2005
I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 29, 2005
At heart, it's still a simple, personal story about a conflicted young man surrounded by opinions and pressures, trying to decide what he really thinks and wants.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 29, 2005
Too bitterly real to be a comedy, but its irony is a useful tool for needling terrorists from the inside.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 28, 2005
Hany Abu-Assad's stark, minimalist portrait of two young Palestinian men preparing for a suicide-bombing mission in Tel Aviv is the kind of movie that takes away both your breath and your ability to get out of your seat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2005
A powerful, poignant, provocative drama, it gets its strength from its dispassion, from an uncompromising determination to explain rather than justify or condemn, to put a human face on incomprehensible acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 27, 2005
This taut, ingeniously calculated thriller fixates on the flashpoint where psychology and politics ignite in self-destructive martyrdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 27, 2005
It is in no way an apologia for terrorism. But it's a character study that subtly nudges the viewer toward greater understanding.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 27, 2005
He attempts with mixed results to get inside the psyches of men who would blow themselves up for the cause.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2005
Riveting and timely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 26, 2005
Paradise Now may not succeed in inspiring sympathy for these hapless terrorists, but it does compel an appreciation for the unbearable sense of humiliation that may fuel such acts.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 20, 2005
The director puts a human face on the headlines.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2005
While nothing truly new or shocking emerges, the film does bring clarity and compassion to its depiction of an act that baffles, angers and sickens people the world over.
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Derek Elley
Variety
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.