Zaytoun Reviews

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 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 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 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.
Top Critic
September 19, 2013
Congeniality isn't necessarily honesty ... and Riklis regularly fudges.
September 17, 2013
Zaytoun wants to milk a historical moment as a plea for tolerance; its only accomplishment is to channel the forgettable foreign-film exotica of decades past.
September 17, 2013
By the end ... the director's ambivalence is overwhelming, obscuring an important story with undeniable modern parallels.
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.
December 27, 2012
The premise of this drama about a deal a Palestinian boy cuts with an Israeli pilot may be sweet, but it doesn't convince.
December 26, 2012
Politically a little watered-down, but the performances are strong enough to make it linger in the memory.