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The Other Son Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 27, 2012
A tender, warm and heartfelt drama that's grounded in humanism and well-nuanced acting. It's one of the best foreign films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.75/10
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 27, 2012
Stands out as a plea for tolerance, a film about the shared humanity that can overcome even the most intractable of differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Billy Tatum
Paste Magazine
October 26, 2012
The Other Son is one of the best dramas of the year, foreign or otherwise, making a case that the strongest faith may be far away from pulpits and closer to home.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 26, 2012
In the end, it seems, this is not a story about two families, and two lands. It's a story about one family, and one world.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 26, 2012
Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 26, 2012
The intention here is plain - we are all human, we can all be family - but Levy weaves the mix of identity crises, cultural mingling and common ground slyly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 26, 2012
"The Other Son'' is played with warmth and conviction by its cast. But it's also a little pat and toothless, set in an Israel where not even the notorious border crossings seem that difficult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 26, 2012
Even though [Levy] executes with a light touch, it tends to feel a little simplistic given how deep-seated and persistent the Palestine-Israel conflict is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 25, 2012
"The Other Son" is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012
"The Other Son" is a case of good intentions overwhelming the inherent drama - quite simply, political correctness got the best of it
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 25, 2012
Ms. LÚvy is rescued from her maudlin, preachy tendencies by the skill and sensitivity of the actors, who turn a wobbly parable of tolerance into a graceful and touching story of real people in a surreal situation.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2012
Transcends its switched-at-birth premise to a degree that's surprising, considering that the well-worn plot militates against surprise.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 25, 2012
A thoughtful bridging of a cultural divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 2012
A parablelike melodrama with obvious symbolic meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 25, 2012
The movie is shameless and simple yet solemn at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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October 25, 2012
It's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son ...
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 25, 2012
This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012
Levy mostly makes it work, thanks to an appealing ensemble of actors, and to her sincere conviction, played out scene after scene, that Arabs and Jews can find common ground if they actually get to know each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 25, 2012
The Other Son's setup is too contrived, carried along by conversations that are either confrontational or artificially elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2012
I wonder how this story would play out if they were both still quite young.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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