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The Other Son Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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.
Full Review | 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
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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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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
October 23, 2012
Ham-fisted dialogue and clichÚd 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.
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Matt Singer
Time Out
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
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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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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2012
Moving French drama tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via a pair of prodigal sons accidentally switched at birth.