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The Gatekeepers Reviews

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John Semley
Slant Magazine
September 17, 2012
Even when the so-called Gatekeepers offer up damning testimony against their organization, there's no real threat that they'll ever be held accountable for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2013
Ultimately the movie feels evasive, and its flashy, digitally animated re-creations of military surveillance footage unpleasantly evoke the Call of Duty video games.
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
February 28, 2013
I got as much enjoyment out of this film about as much as a 6 year-old would.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Pais
February 21, 2013
Important and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 11, 2013
While memorable in sometimes unexpected ways (1980 head Avraham Shalom's long unwashed nails), there is always the nagging feeling that any revelations are being pushed or sold a little too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
January 31, 2013
Self-serving baloney reminiscent of Errol Morris's Robert McNamara documentary
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 24, 2013
Director Dror Moreh doesn't rest on his scoop
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist
September 27, 2013
This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic so volatile it feels like it's just waiting to explode. And as a film, it's effective - for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
September 4, 2013
A candid, revelatory and at times disturbing documentary that represents one of the 'must-sees' of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 8, 2013
The Gatekeepers is a fascinating, often shocking, look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of some of the men who would know it best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stefan Pape
April 11, 2013
Although The Gatekeepers may not be quite theatrical nor dramatic enough for it to be highly recommended as a cinematic experience, this does feel like a film that really should be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 23, 2013
THE GATEKEEPERS doesn't want to function in binaries, it immerses you into the moral and ethical 'grey' quandary of Israel/Palestine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 21, 2012
The filmmaker doesn't speculate about why these men are talking, but he leaves you with an excellent guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 5, 2013
Dror Moreh's terrific documentary can stand beside Errol Morris's The Fog of War as a cinematic illustration of how human psyches bend beneath the pressure of terrible actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
September 8, 2013
Dror Moreh's documentary is remarkable not for stylistic innovation but for the very fact it exists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
February 21, 2013
The film makes explicit and implicit endorsements. The strategy of vengeance and overkill is ineffective and leads Israel to horrific behavior described only through metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
February 1, 2013
The access boggles the mind, and some of the stories are riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 2, 2013
A powerful cautionary tale about the concept of security, and how illusory it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
February 7, 2013
The subjects' openness is refreshing - and sometimes frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
February 8, 2013
Moreh has assembled a thorough, evenhanded and fascinating examination of people and operations straight out of a spy novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
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