The Attack Reviews
April 15, 2019
The lasting images Doueiri conjures are what I ultimately took with me after all was said and done, and the droning, ambient electronic music he pairs with the visuals adds a surprising amount of tension and mood.
August 14, 2018
The film is poignant and easily one of the best films to come from the region in recent memory.
February 21, 2018
"The Attack" shows the flaws of the "model minority" concept.
April 13, 2016
I couldn't help but feel as though Doueiri's movie, however adept and mature, is something of a setup, an all-purpose guilt machine.
July 2, 2014
A sort of mystery in reverse, 'The Attack' is both a character study and a love story. It's also about terrorism and the driving forces behind catastrophic acts.
April 16, 2014
The film often seems poised to lean towards didacticism, but Douieri consistently foregoes heavy-handed political statements and stays focused on Amin's personal journey
February 17, 2014
We learn that beneath some urbane and sophisticated Israelis lies a cold and hardened heart. We see Palestinians who live to commit terror without regard to its consequences.
February 5, 2014
Intimacy, memory and questioned identity all bleed into one dejected protagonist who can't quite do the heavy lifting that the screenplay calls for.
November 14, 2013
It's a sorrowful film, as Amin finds some answers he doesn't want to hear, and discovers that other answers are simply unknowable.
November 4, 2013
The result is a quiet power-so quiet in fact that the score is almost non-existent-that never risks sentimentality or exploitation.
October 25, 2013
Seen with an open mind, it's an experience that gets under your skin in ways you won't expect.
August 29, 2013
Screenwriters Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma pull quite a few punches here, making the doctor improbably naive about Israeli-Palestinian tensions so that his transformation seems profound.
August 22, 2013
"The Attack" doesn't force us to pick a side. But it does force us to question our outsiders' hope in conciliation.
August 21, 2013
Certainly not easy to digest, but the internal struggle director/co-writer Ziad Doueiri isolates here is exceptional at times, giving the divisive topic the meditative approach it deserves.
August 21, 2013
Contrary to its blunt title, The Attack takes a nuanced and thoughtful approach
August 16, 2013
The prevailing mood is somber, but the film is particularly affective at conveying the senselessness of trying to make sense of a conflict that has gained nothing beyond a vast waste of human life.
August 15, 2013
Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.