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Waltz with Bashir Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
As hypnotic as the animation is, it distracts from the film's clear problems.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
An arresting concept, yet the resulting film is skimpy, numbing, and less searching than it believes it is
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2008
The animation serves as a distancing device akin to the way that Folman's mind used concealment to shield him from horrific traumas, a canny marriage of thematic and aesthetic concerns that nonetheless can't cover up the unsubtle redundancy of his story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
August 19, 2008
The camera's ability to privilege the perspective of its wielder has rarely been abused as blatantly as it is in this film. This is a singularly self-serving work.
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 29, 2008
Unfortunately, in Waltz With Bashir, the medium is superior to the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 20, 2009
The aloof quality of the film gnaws away at you... it's a fluid, slippery thing that seems to be discovering itself as you watch it.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
Every scene fizzes and crackles with creative charisma as we are carried on an emotional journey of epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 15, 2008
A film that magnificently blends reality and fiction to become the first ever animated feature documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2009
The look of Waltz with Bashir is what is most arresting. It's a deep, multi-plane style of animation that incorporates photo-real settings, realistic renderings of the people and under-animated movement, especially of faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 27, 2009
... a shattering personal story about how we absorb and submerge atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 22, 2009
Folman is an Israeli documentarian who has not worked in animation. Now he uses it as the best way to reconstruct memories, fantasies, hallucinations, possibilities, past and present. This film would be nearly impossible to make any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 6, 2009
It is powerful because this work of art also provides such a cautionary tale about the psychic burdens young soldiers carry deep inside them decades after they've laid down their weapons.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 23, 2009
An extraordinary achievement, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir is a detective story as well as an moral inquiry into the specific horrors of one war, and one man's buried memories of that war.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2008
Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir is an absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful accounts of war, shaky remembrance and rock-solid repression.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 4, 2009
It's pretty much 90 minutes of pain. But also there's no budging from your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
Powerful...one of the ten best films of 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Waltz is a challenging film in the best sense of the word. It asks questions about the nature of memory and life during a time of war without providing any pat answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
December 23, 2008
Powerfully proves that animation can be an original vehicle for adult catharsis when reality merges with lingering nightmares. Vivid search for answers about genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 23, 2009
The film looks ripped straight from Folman's psyche and placed in a theater near you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 20, 2009
This darkly serious film is a glaring example of the wide gap in cinematic taste between American and European audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/3
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