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The Attack Reviews

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 1, 2013
For all its politics ... "The Attack" is a personal story of a man whose romanticized memories of his wife prevent him from seeing the truth and moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marsha McCreadie
July 26, 2013
The Attack is the best kind of anti-war propaganda film, calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism, which can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
July 24, 2013
It's an accomplished drama anchored by an understated, captivating performance from an actor who fills nearly every frame of every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 22, 2013
...Ziad Doueiri has made the most extraordinary film on Middle Eastern suicide bombings yet by turning it into an investigative love story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 12, 2013
"The Attack" is about madness, personal and political, and a tragic overlap of the two beyond understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 11, 2013
demonstrates as a director the kind of elliptical reserve more commonly associated with Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 11, 2013
The Attack successfully walks a fine line, examining both sides of a complex issue while remaining focused on Amin's personal torment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 10, 2013
Emerges as one of the more piercing pieces of fiction on this subject.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
July 3, 2013
The Israeli-Arab conflict is stripped to its most intensely personal level in The Attack, a haunting and heartbreaking meditation on violence, choice, love and duty that is one of the most remarkable films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
June 28, 2013
Delicately executed thriller balances its political baggage with unflagging suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
June 28, 2013
Suliman gives his all as the bereft, bewildered Amin, and the stern, bald-headed Gavriel, in a smaller role, comes off as the ultimate Israeli authority figure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2013
As this film demonstrates in so many ways, the intractability of the Arab-Israeli political situation is, to put it mildly, not easily resolved, least of all onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2013
Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 27, 2013
The Attack is an ineluctably involving study of a civilized man caught in the middle of a ruthless, bloody conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2013
Remarkably accomplished and self-confident.
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
June 27, 2013
A stark portrait of love, politics, and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Nora Lee Mandel
June 26, 2013
[T]urns from pointed social criticism into an absorbing mystery. . . that departs from stereotypes. . .to become a gripping political thriller and a disturbing warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 21, 2013
The film unfolds like an endless argument, and in a way that's perfect; the unhappy union at the heart of "The Attack" isn't just the one that Amin and Siham had, but the forced one that that Jews and Palestinians continue to have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 21, 2013
"The Attack" starts out strong and swiftly unravels somewhere past the midpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
June 20, 2013
This is not a soft-hearted movie offering quiet hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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