The Other Son Reviews

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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.
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.
November 2, 2012
Lvy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.
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.
October 26, 2012
Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics.
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.
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.
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.
October 25, 2012
"The Other Son" is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
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
October 25, 2012
Ms. Lvy 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.
October 25, 2012
Transcends its switched-at-birth premise to a degree that's surprising, considering that the well-worn plot militates against surprise.
October 25, 2012
A thoughtful bridging of a cultural divide.
October 25, 2012
A parablelike melodrama with obvious symbolic meaning.
October 25, 2012
The movie is shameless and simple yet solemn at the same time.
Top Critic
October 25, 2012
It's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son ...
October 25, 2012
This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
October 25, 2012
The Other Son's setup is too contrived, carried along by conversations that are either confrontational or artificially elusive.
October 25, 2012
I wonder how this story would play out if they were both still quite young.
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.
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