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Zaytoun Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2013
It's a powerful drama that works on a couple of levels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 3, 2013
A trek that is occasionally very unlikely, but moving nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 12, 2013
The spiritual journey of a Palestinian teenager from a refugee camp in Beirut in 1982 and an Israeli pilot captured by the PLO.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2013
An appealing road-and-buddy movie that could stand as an allegory of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2013
Eran Riklis' road movie - its title means 'olive' - neatly juxtaposes the beauty of the landscape with the enmities it engenders, locating an optimism in the central relationship that subsequent history ... would cruelly dash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2013
By suggesting, perhaps too hopefully, that even the most deeply held prejudices can be broken by individual decency, the story has its heart in the right place and is acted with total sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2012
The storytelling may cleave a little too closely to Hollywood formula but the beautiful location work and performances add immeasurably to the authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2012
El Akal delivers a winning wide-eyed performance as Fahed that more than compensates for [its] shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 26, 2012
Politically a little watered-down, but the performances are strong enough to make it linger in the memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2017
Spoken plainly, the olives of Zaytoun are bland to the taste.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2013
... never strikes the right balance of comedy and melodrama, and winds up trivializing the plight of his characters in the process.
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