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The Other Son Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 28, 2013
The ancient question of nature versus nurture is dramatically explored in "The Other Son," a memorable film about the concept of two infants being accidentally switched at birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 30, 2013
The Other Son is a hopeful, affective humanistic drama; infused with the incalculable weight of ideology and history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
It is easy to imagine other, darker, results after the opening accident, but Levy's film, pitched firmly as if it were the only possibility, makes it seem so.
May 4, 2013
This moving, emotionally concise human drama is easily one of the most remarkable films about the unending conflict in the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
Somehow Levy - and her actors - avoid sentimentality and trite homilies. The Other Son explores the age-old nature vs. nurture divide, and ends up as refutation of ignorance and hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
April 26, 2013
Some have accused Levy's pic of na´vete, and yet this isn't trying to make bold, heavy political statements, as the director is more interested in the human side of a perhaps unlikely but intriguing plot set-up.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 17, 2013
The Other Son is an interesting, life-affirming story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 15, 2013
The film goes to great lengths to make us believe its premise, and then use it to make a humane and surprisingly hopeful film about Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
December 14, 2012
The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 28, 2012
At times, certain supporting characters come off as mouthpieces for political points of view, but Levy isn't making a polemic, and her ultimate message is positive and humane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 18, 2012
Though lacking subtlety, the story conveys a rare sensitivity and compassion. But what divides humans historically are more complex issues of power and domination. And shouldn't be buried, even in fiction, under sentimental appeals which change nothing.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 16, 2012
The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 15, 2012
A humane but emotionally anemic message movie whose dramatic craft doesn't live up to its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 15, 2012
The concept feels very designed-to-teach-us-lessons, but the execution is surprisingly graceful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
A provocative, moving social drama, superbly thought out and well acted by its cast.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 9, 2012
What makes an Israeli or Palestinian?
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 6, 2012
Compelling and emotional, exploring many facets of self-identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2012
LÚvy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2012
How the sons begin to share each other's lives is sensitively portrayed, and the film's more original than the usual Romeo and Juliet personalization of the regional divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brandon Judell
October 31, 2012
An unbelievable situation becomes remarkably tangible here and oh so pertinent.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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