The Green Prince

2014

The Green Prince

Critics Consensus

The Green Prince doesn't answer all the questions it raises, but it's still timely, gripping -- and ultimately uplifting -- viewing.

78%

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83%
Average Rating: 4/5

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Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman's THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. (C) Music Box

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  • Gripping stuff.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Together with artfully filmed re-enactments creepily evoking his jail terms and interrogations, they retrace the route he took in his transformation from young Arab activist to political conspirator.

    Dec 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a movie that raises as many questions as it addresses, and which never quite convincingly answers even the most pressing one: Just what made the son of a radical Palestinian-liberation leader go to work as an Israeli spy?

    Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie's empty pizzazz is especially irritating because the story would have been compelling without any embellishment.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a harrowing tale of intrigue and betrayal, but also one of a friendship that survives despite extraordinary circumstances.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] gripping documentary set against the internecine battle between Israel and Palestine.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for The Green Prince

½

A fascinating and suspenseful documentary that tells an almost unbelievable story of a man who betrayed his own culture for what he believed in and two people from different backgrounds who became unexpected friends as they got caught in the eye of an everlasting storm.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

"The Green Prince" is an insightful, fascinating and suspenseful documentary about Mosab Hassan Yousef, who is not only the eldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas, but also was an informer for Shin Bet, Israeli internal intelligence. So, as you can imagine, this puts him in a great deal of danger, as his handlers weigh the possibility of blowing his cover versus saving lives. At the same time, this also allows for a unique perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that has been going on for decades with a personal angle.(If I have any trouble with "The Gatekeepers," it is its lack of one.) As much as "The Green Prince" could stop with just Mosab and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, one of his handlers, talking about their unique experiences and still be highly satisfying, the documentary does not stop there, as it has a few visual cards up its sleeve. For example, Mosab is introduced with his face blacked out before being revealed to the audience. Plus, the documentary expertly uses archival material as a reminder of recent history and putting the subjects' story fully into context.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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