Tel Aviv on Fire

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Thoughtful and well-acted, Tel Aviv on Fire highlights the awful absurdity of war -- and proves it's possible to find humor in the midst of cultural conflict.

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Verified Ratings: 28

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Salam, a Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works on a popular soap opera. He gets ideas for the show from the commander at the check point he passes through each day, and his career takes off.

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (6)

  • A lightweight but smart combination of satire, drama, and rom-com.

    March 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might.

    August 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Alas, the potential for sharp political satire takes a back seat to small screen spoofery, nudging this more in the direction of Soapdish, rather than Joe Dante's transcendent The Second Civil War.

    August 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it.

    August 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, "Tel Aviv on Fire" is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories.

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For a film sending up the contrivances of soap operas, it sure is susceptible to remaining within the comfort zone of clichés itself.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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