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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2013
Intriguingly asks if justice can be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
January 17, 2013
On the surface, it sounds like a boring, esoteric day in law class, but in truth, it plays out like a riveting session in court ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012
This may sound like a dry, legalistic endeavor, but the result will surprise you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
The Law in These Parts offers a series of historical anecdotes, memories that may or may not be wholly precise, framed by the filmmaker's commentary on the definitions of law, citizenship, and their effects on so-called realities.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 25, 2012
Punctuated with pungent visual and narrative footnotes, comes close to being the Pentagon Papers of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories' legal framework.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 16, 2012
"The Law in These Parts'' more than accomplishes its goal of provoking a discussion about imposing laws on people who have no say in making them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 15, 2012
A film that allows Israeli military judges to hang themselves on their own petards, men who might have sent a shiver down the spine of the Nazi architects of the Nuremberg Laws.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 15, 2012
A must-see documentary about the questionable laws, enforcement and justice at work in Israel's occupied zones, where an apparent double standard are imposed on the densely packed Palestinian occupants.
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
November 14, 2012
A film for those who, whether here or in Israel, believe the law is the beginning, and not the end, of rights discourse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
The Law in These Parts applies a cold anger to one of the geopolitical world's most passionate discords.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
November 13, 2012
By keeping its focus admirably tight, the sober and sobering Israeli documentary "The Law in These Parts" presents a devastating case against the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 30, 2012
Adopting a postmodern method quite different from that of his remarkable The Inner Tour, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz poses his questions from a legal angle, and finds these minds stumped by a system they've professionally defended.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 20, 2012
A cleverly staged and structured film which attempts to explain and understand how Israel seizing Palestinian-occupied territory became accepted practice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 15, 2012
Both provocative and self-indulgent.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 13, 2012
What's meant to be a critique of subjectivity in power comes off as narcissistic hoo-ha.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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