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The Band's Visit Reviews

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August 22, 2017
It's not going to solve any problems in the Middle East, and it doesn't attempt to, either. It's just a quiet story about the uncomfortable charm of coerced hospitality.
March 1, 2016
It's both quintessentially Israeli and an enjoyable experience that will touch audiences no matter what their background.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 3, 2011
[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground
April 28, 2011
Filmmaker Kolirin shows Israelis what they've been missing, and the rest of us what the Middle East could be, in the gentle, human-scale antics of the confused Egyptian band.
August 27, 2009
A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same
August 14, 2009
Not so much a story about Jews and Arabs finding a way to get along as it is a nonpolitical story about people discovering the humanity in others, in all their scared, awkward beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2008
Some of the humorous and touching explorations between the band and their hosts are predictable, but a sweet portrait of humanism amidst language and cultural confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 30, 2008
One of the film's prime strengths is its wordless willingness to let the principal characters express themselves through music and mime to overcome cultural barriers. [DVD]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2008
This foreign film is a sweet, lower-than-low-key story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in the wrong Israeli town.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2008
Those who like their comedy, romance, and tragedy in quiet doses should enjoy this textured story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 10, 2008
A witty, elegant and deeply affecting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 10, 2008
What matters is the sense of exhilaration you take away with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2008
funny, sweet and touching
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
June 18, 2008
There are no major plot points or dramatic arcs in The Band's Visit, but through its awkward pauses, there's plenty of nuance and wry humour.
April 16, 2008
A film of exquisite charm, beauty, humor and humanity -- with some of the best performances you're likely to encounter in some considerable time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 15, 2008
The Band's Visit is a charming little drama that skirts sentimentality and manages to be a feel-good film without necessarily feeling very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 13, 2008
The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.
April 12, 2008
The 34-year-old Israeli director Eran Kolirin's debut feature is a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 11, 2008
Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 4, 2008
...there's hardly a moment in this delightful movie that doesn't ring with authentic human feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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