Tel Aviv on Fire Reviews

March 13, 2020
A lightweight but smart combination of satire, drama, and rom-com.
August 16, 2019
It's not big on belly laughs, but its genial illustration of the belief that all of these people are more similar than they are different makes it a most pleasant way to spend 100 minutes.
August 15, 2019
One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might.
August 10, 2019
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 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 2, 2019
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
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 1, 2019
This farce is far more pointed when it operates on a macro level.
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...
July 31, 2019
It mostly works, so long as you don't ask too much of it or look too closely.
July 31, 2019
[Zoabi's] touch is humane, restrained sometimes to the point of diffidence, but genuinely interested in locating small and large truths within broad comic concepts.
July 30, 2019
Ultimately, Tel Aviv On Fire never transcends the schlocky conventions it attempts to satirize. It's yet another reminder that even the most explosive material can be made to feel utterly harmless.
September 10, 2018
Fitfully amusing yet unable to withstand close inspection...
September 5, 2018
A witty and warm-hearted look at a divided land.