• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ziad Doueiri
    In Theaters:
    Jun 21, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 12, 2013
  • Cohen Media Group

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The Attack Reviews

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 29, 2013
Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Attack" doesn't force us to pick a side. But it does force us to question our outsiders' hope in conciliation.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 15, 2013
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 9, 2013
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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Imagine a blissful life taken away: Story of an Arab man who's assimilated into Israeli society but finds out that his wife was a suicide bomber. Nothing new here about the conflict, fair portrayal of the sides, thought provoking without solutions.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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[Doueiri] does a fine job of presenting us with two worlds in conflict: modern, prosperous and progressive Tel Aviv, and Nablus, a city of shadows, squalor and paranoia.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"The Attack" is about madness, personal and political, and a tragic overlap of the two beyond understanding.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

July 12, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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Delicately executed thriller balances its political baggage with unflagging suspense.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

June 28, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Remarkably accomplished and self-confident.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 27, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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"The Attack" starts out strong and swiftly unravels somewhere past the midpoint.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 21, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The Attack spreads the blame around for what is undeniably a nasty situation, any way you look at it.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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[An] intelligent, involving movie that's by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Suliman, who plays Amin, also starred in Paradise Now, and it's no stretch to say The Attack is the most urgent, unblinking movie about the Israeli-Palestinian divide since that 2005 stunner.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 20, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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This doleful and nuanced Middle Eastern tragedy is unlike any other recent film from the region in various ways.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 20, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A gripping, personal examination of a seemingly unresolvable conflict.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Arresting and upsetting ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 18, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

June 18, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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This picture may have been intended as only an intelligent drama made out of current conditions-which it is-but it leaves us with a bleak prospect that may be darker than what was intended.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 13, 2013
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