Tel Aviv on Fire Reviews

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August 8, 2019
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 6, 2019
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 5, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire moves with purpose, even if it occasionally trips over its own ideas.
August 5, 2019
Director Sameh Zoabi has managed to make a film both enlightening and rousingly funny about one of the world's most divisive issues.
August 5, 2019
Following a soap opera that muddles through the day to day, Sameh Zoabi's film is lightweight and a little repetitive, but its valuable insight is that in many senses, political reality works in rather the same way.
August 2, 2019
This is a movie that lets its characters worry about the messages they might be sending. It's funnier that way.
August 2, 2019
I could easily see this story adapted for an American remake with only a few adjustments to line up with our present political climate.
August 2, 2019
Incendiary title plays with the one subject both have in common: the love of soap operas...Zoabi achieves his goal: films with Palestinians & Israelis together can be funny.
August 2, 2019
This satire in Hebrew and Arabic is an answer in an allegorical and comical way, about a mad circumstance and a man in the middle of it. A tense and painful backdrop, sure, but there's no stick up Zoabi's butt, just an olive branch.
Top Critic
August 2, 2019
The result is not exactly the most pointed satire ever devised by a Palestinian filmmaker, but it does elicit some smiles.
August 2, 2019
Beneath the humor ... there is a slightly more thoughtful side to the film.
August 2, 2019
Zoabi effectively shows that artistic pursuits have the power to bring seemingly different people together for a shared experience.
August 1, 2019
This farce is far more pointed when it operates on a macro level.
August 1, 2019
Tel Aviv On Fire works quite well in presenting a unique situation for an area that could use more lighthearted stories targeting a mainstream audience.
August 1, 2019
[A] delicious investigation of the tightrope he walks between the Israeli army and his Palestinian colleagues as well as his dilemma of needing to write and not knowing the first thing about it.
August 1, 2019
The director's control over the material is such that, even when this all feels like a bit of a joke, it's one you're happy to be in on.
August 1, 2019
[A] sharp-eyed, good-natured film...
August 1, 2019
Nashif and Biton work wonderfully together, one cracking scene showing them writing jointly in unison, only to pivot and end up at odds.
August 1, 2019
To find comedy against the backdrop of the Palestine-Israeli conflict takes chutzpah... or alwaqaha, as they say in Arabic. It somehow maintains a genial tone, despite references to terrorism and daily humiliations of the occupation.
August 1, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire works certainly works as a satire without discounting the reality at hand.
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