The Insult

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The Insult uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking.

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A minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing the two communities.

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Critic Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (15)

  • The Insult provides a valuable, fascinating and hard-hitting history lesson on Middle East politics, particularly the plight of Palestinians. It instructs, but offers no easy answers. [Full review in Japanese]

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Any sense of predictability is dispelled by the film's ending which triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Insult" is optimistic enough to leave the door open to hope. But it's also realistic enough to only leave it ajar.

    February 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It shows that even in the most hostile of situations, with all of our prejudices in front of and behind us, we're still in this together.

    February 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • ... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...

    February 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • We may not be able to export democracy to the Middle East, but exporting Law & Order has been a piece of cake.

    February 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 02, 2018
    A slowly absorbing courtroom drama that could have been a bit more well polished, especially considering the way it tries to force our sympathy towards the two characters, but I do love how it shows that a personal conflict can reveal so much about something more complex than it seems.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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