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The Attack Reviews

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Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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.
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
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.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 20, 2013
Telling this story from the point of view of the perpetrator's anguished, bewildered spouse is an inspired idea, and it may work very well in Khadra's book. Suliman, however, is the wrong actor for the job.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2013
It's set up as a descent into the heart of darkness, but it ends up playing out in pallid shades of grey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 18, 2013
The Attack turns into a listless verbal assault, batting easy back-and-forth arguments on fundamentalist dogma, bomber hero worship, the Occupation blues, etc., that simply rehash the usual talking points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 2, 2013
Answers prove more elusive than the questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Noah Gittell
Washington City Paper
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
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
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.
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Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
June 20, 2013
What results is a film very much aimed at a Western audience, that is surefooted and fearless even as it ventures deeper and deeper into the dark heart of one of the most defining and complex conflicts of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
June 15, 2013
The film is most interesting as an articulation of how its main character's initial status as an emblem of inter-religious understanding quickly dissolves following a suicide bombing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
June 27, 2013
A stark portrait of love, politics, and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Arresting and upsetting ...
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
June 17, 2013
Puts a human face on a place and a conflict where religion and ethnicity still trumps education and achievement -- Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2013
Remarkably accomplished and self-confident.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 9, 2013
Thoughtful Israeli political drama.
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