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The Band's Visit Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2008
The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.
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
March 14, 2008
Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.
March 14, 2008
It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 7, 2008
A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 6, 2008
You can watch The Band's Visit for its political idealism, or you can watch it for entertainment value alone. In either case, it doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
[Director] Kolirin wonderfully maintains an atmosphere of both humor and melancholy.
February 29, 2008
You expect The Band's Visit to be a sweet little snapshot, a delightful and endearing culture-clash movie -- funny and poignant and human. And it is all those things. What's surprising is how it manages to be just a bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 28, 2008
Sharply observed and agreeably acted, The Band's Visit doesn't soar to giddy heights, but it moves along and holds one's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2008
With luck, filmgoers who discover this gem about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town will make it the must-see movie of the season.
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 22, 2008
Every frame of this low-key delight is about foreignness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 15, 2008
What a lovely first feature this is from Israeli director Eran Kolirin, brief at a mere 80-plus minutes but never in a rush, never loud, always willing to wait for the emotion to bubble up quietly from the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2008
There's just one thing wrong with The Band's Visit: it's fiction, not a documentary. You want a story as warm as this to be real, because good news is scarce from the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
February 8, 2008
At moments, the movie is almost sentimental, but the performances save it every time.
February 7, 2008
Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between 'sweetly humane' and 'cloyingly quirky,' but [director] Kolirin pulls back the reins just enough, maintaining control by expressing as much with his framing as with his script.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 6, 2008
Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 4, 2008
When in doubt, strike up the band.
February 4, 2008
The Band's Visit resounds with tenderness and melancholy.
Top Critic
January 30, 2008
The Band's Visit is a lovely first film from young Israeli director Eran Kolirin that offers a Middle Eastern inflection on the bittersweet stylings of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki.
December 13, 2007
Writer-director Eran Kolirin has a gentle touch, although the film is too self-consciously sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 7, 2007
With its attention to detail and careful, naturalistic performances, it's a small slice of life.
December 7, 2007
The Band's Visit, the first feature by the Israeli writer and director Eran Kolirin, flirts recklessly with obviousness, cuteness too.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2007
Kolirin doesn't go for belly laughs. He prefers subtle, wry humor, much in the fashion of Finland's Aki Kaurismaki.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2007
The Israeli film that's become celebrated for what it lacks -- enough Hebrew to contend for the best foreign language Oscar -- can now be seen and appreciated for what it has in abundance: visual wit, verbal charm and a completely droll sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2007
Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin has made a sly and bewitching chamber comedy that underscores the decency of its characters while sidestepping the gooey, let's-join-hands imperative of its premise.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2007
If you stick with it, the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra's visit to the dusty nowheresville of Beit Hatikva (when they're actually looking for Petah Tikva) has an irresistible tragic and romantic undertow.
December 6, 2007
It has an elating lightness that belies its heavy subject -- peace, or at least conversation, in the Middle East -- and it leaves you filled with a sense of possibility.
November 8, 2007
With its themes of social displacement subtly and skilfully enmeshed within a pleasingly straightforward shaggy-dog narrative, this is one of those films that runs at you with open arms, and you'll find it very difficult not to succumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
May 25, 2007
Radiant and wise comedy of miscommunication.
May 20, 2007
A warm and delightful take on cross-cultural relations that proves that sometimes a light touch is just what's needed to address serious topics.