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The Band's Visit Reviews

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February 7, 2008
Just a few notches left of mediocrity.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2008
Sunny and light. Could have been much more if it had wanted to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2018
Even without the coveted Oscar pedigree, this modest comedy has to be the most delightful and enjoyable movie now playing in local theaters.
March 14, 2008
Elkabetz is splendid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
March 7, 2008
A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 27, 2008
A drama about isolation and communication, The Band's Visit is characterized both by strongly delineated characters and low-key comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2008
This modest little fable from Israel, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, has spellbinding resonances, yet never breaks the spell by blowing its own horn.
March 6, 2008
While Kolirin clearly loves his characters, you can sense a general tone of condescension in the way they think and interact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
February 11, 2008
both a clever parable on the state of Israeli/Egyptian relations, as well as a surprisingly affectionate, amusing tale.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 27, 2009
A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same
December 4, 2007
A genuinely touching crowd-pleaser and a real treat.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
February 29, 2008
None of this is earth-shaking, but The Band's Visit isn't meant to be. Like a balloon, it's short-lived and modest, but it brightens your spirits while it's around.
December 7, 2007
A tender, poignant allegory for Arab-Israeli tensions that never makes a single overt gesture toward articulating its larger concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 18, 2008
The film's sweetness, simplicity, and sincerity are hard to overstate, and probably impossible not to like.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 10, 2008
A witty, elegant and deeply affecting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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