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Waltz with Bashir Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
Persepolis meets Full Metal Jacket in Ari Folman's powerful and original animated war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 6, 2010
These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now.
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 6, 2010
The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 6, 2010
Special, strange and peculiarly potent.
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 20, 2009
A wholly original and emotionally devastating animated documentary confessional.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
February 20, 2009
Animation may be the ideal medium for replicating dreams, and in this unsettling feature by Ari Folman it also proves well suited to autobiography.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 5, 2009
A brave, personal and truly original piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 30, 2009
If you expect documentaries to be dry doctoral dissertations with talking heads and archival film footage, prepare to be electrified.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 29, 2009
A unique, Oscar-nominated 'animated documentary' that uses graphic-novel-style animation to deal with the Israeli army's participation in the Lebanon war of 1982.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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January 24, 2009
The flatness and stiff, jerky movement of the drawing contribute to the dreamlike, increasing dread-filled atmosphere of the visuals, which burst finally into actual filmed images of devastating impact.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2009
It's a fearless and unblinking march into the heart of one man's darkness and the pain and anguish of generations and nations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 23, 2009
Waltz With Bashir isn't only a harrowing anti-war plea, it is also an eloquent and deeply moving argument that it is critical to never forget human atrocity, lest the past be repeated.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 23, 2009
A powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
January 23, 2009
Waltz With Bashir, a movie about memory, is as devious and subversive as it is brilliant and nightmarish.
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2009
Bashir wasn't healing for me. On the contrary, it leaves much unresolved, but in the pacifist, passive horror recovered by its amnesiacs, I found it stunning -- in both meanings of the word -- and emotionally cathartic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2009
Complex, challenging and at times difficult to watch, Waltz With Bashir is nevertheless wholly unique, unquestionably powerful and, ultimately, a devastating indictment of war and its effects on its victims and its participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
The film, devastating and distressing in equal measure, widens in meaning as it narrows in scope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 9, 2009
Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
January 9, 2009
The best movie of 2008? The most revealing war film ever made? The greatest animated feature to come out of Israel? All these descriptions could apply to Waltz With Bashir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2009
Extraordinary and painfully timely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 1, 2009
For all the horror, Bashir is a non-political film; it mourns the violence of men killing men -- any men killing any men
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 31, 2008
Waltz With Bashir might be the year's most singular visionary experience available at the movies, and catapults [director Ari] Folman from the obscurity of Israeli TV onto the world stage.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 31, 2008
Waltz With Bashir plays out as one of the most profoundly explosive animated documentaries I have ever seen, and is clearly one of the best pictures of the year.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 30, 2008
Profound, and profoundly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2008
The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir is a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 29, 2008
A movie so unusual that it overflows any box in which you try to contain it.
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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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 29, 2008
More impressionistic portrait and meditation on memory than serious journalistic inquiry into the South Lebanon massacre at the center of his mental block.
| Original Score: B
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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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 24, 2008
Unlike anything you've ever seen before, Waltz With Bashir will change your ideas about the possibility of film.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 23, 2008
A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 22, 2008
Its fluid boundary between the real and surreal lifts it into the realm of myth.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2008
Waltz With Bashir is hallucinatory brilliance in the service of understanding the psychic damage of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
December 17, 2008
It is, in a word, unforgettable.
| Original Score: 5/6
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 21, 2008
It's messy and unusual, not always gratifying, sometimes frustrating, always compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 15, 2008
Eerily beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4