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The Other Son Reviews

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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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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
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
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
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 9, 2012
What makes an Israeli or Palestinian?
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
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
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
October 22, 2012
An adequate if never surprising effort from French helmer Lorraine Levy.
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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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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
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
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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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
April 26, 2013
Some have accused Levy's pic of naïvete, 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.
| 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-
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
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
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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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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 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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