Zaytoun Reviews

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August 28, 2019
An overly sentimental film that tends to overstep the bounds of realism.
April 10, 2019
It's possible to make humor work under the weight of war, but it requires more finesse and tact than Riklis and penner Nader Rizq exhibit.
February 7, 2019
Zaytoun is surprisingly short on tension, with each and every potential danger evaded though a collection of jarring edits or implausible events.
August 14, 2018
Poignant and thoughtful, Zaytoun is a solid effort from Riklis.
September 26, 2017
Spoken plainly, the olives of Zaytoun are bland to the taste.
February 8, 2014
Despite its "The Defiant Ones" liberal Zionist pieties, there's solid drama and performances.
November 4, 2013
Zaytoun is relatively successful in tiptoeing through the political minefield of the subject matter, and it offers out the promise of hope and possibility without raising expectations.
October 24, 2013
We've ... got to admit right up front: Part of our interest was simply to see what Stephen Dorff is doing playing an Israeli POW.
October 24, 2013
It's a powerful drama that works on a couple of levels.
October 24, 2013
The movie means well enough, yet Zaytoun doesn't do enough to upset expectations, trusting in the power of warm orchestral strings and softening demeanors to coax the viewer into a deceptive comfort zone.
October 17, 2013
It's probably best viewed as a fable that tries to strike a hopeful note amid the many woes of the Middle East, but the blunt filmmaking and the near-sentimentality make it hard to buy into.
October 11, 2013
Visually operatic street scenes, panoply of characters, Dorff brusque to paternal, talented ensemble of Palestinian/Israeli-Arab actors [make] this crossing worth traveling.
October 4, 2013
The resolution is a bit Hollywood, but then who says all films about the Middle East have to be relentlessly grim? "Zaytoun" dares to find common ground and hope amidst political confusion.
October 3, 2013
A trek that is occasionally very unlikely, but moving nonetheless.
September 30, 2013
... never strikes the right balance of comedy and melodrama, and winds up trivializing the plight of his characters in the process.
September 27, 2013
Lively characters and a series of offbeat events make this movie watchable, except that we never believe anything that happens.
September 26, 2013
It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.
September 23, 2013
Given how much Zaytoun follows the playbook, the pic's portentous ending is extraordinarily subtle, and will resonate best with those who know the history of the region.
September 23, 2013
The film's facile message of cross-cultural unity owes more to fairy tale than reality, but the action is slick and the story gripping.
September 19, 2013
In grabbing for the heart this one-size-fits-all fable sadly ignores the mind.
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