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The Other Son Reviews

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October 24, 2012
The Other Son is set in a realistic modern world, but it feels more like a fable (and, at its worst, like wish fulfillment) than a true exploration of what it would be like to have your world turned upside down in this way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 24, 2012
The filmmakers focus almost entirely on matters of displacement of cultural identity in scenes that are at once passably engaging and stunningly shortsighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 24, 2012
The kind of movie that engenders a vigorous debate after viewing it. At a minimum, it will goad your mind to consider the issues - familial and political - in a new way.
October 23, 2012
Ham-fisted dialogue and clichéd characterizations trump genuine chemistry in The Other Son, a contrived Franco-Israeli drama about two 18-year-olds, an Israeli and a Palestinian, accidentally switched at birth.
October 23, 2012
The cast's performances are so gut-wrenching (particularly from Emmanuelle Devos and Areen Omari as the boys' equally empathic mothers) that the film's hopeful message and abundance of heart prove impossible to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2012
An adequate if never surprising effort from French helmer Lorraine Levy.
October 21, 2012
Viewing the Palestine-Israeli conflict through a switched-at-birth plot device proves compelling, though not entirely adequate in director Lorraine Levy's uncoordinated melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 20, 2012
An uplifting drama about two young men - a Jew and a Palestinian - that waters the seeds of empathy in our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2012
"The Other Son" may be wishful thinking but does show what might happen - what can happen - when the luxury of hatred is taken away from a Palestinian and an Israeli family.
Full Review | Original Score: 8
September 5, 2012
The oft-used theme of babies switched at birth gets a solid, politicized treatment in this French-Israeli production.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 20, 2012
Moving French drama tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via a pair of prodigal sons accidentally switched at birth.
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