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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film's sense of intimacy, its closeness to real people and painful events, allows it to reach a deeper place than more conventional pieces of political rhetoric. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    5 Broken Cameras is short on facts and, like the demonstrations themselves, provocative by nature. Still, it casts a baleful light on anguishing, seemingly incessant scenes of tear gas hurled, bullets fired, villagers fleeing for their lives and, on one shocking occasion, a life lost as the camera rolls. This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The result is uniquely powerful, putting faces and human consequences to a political dispute that seemingly will never end. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    The documentary provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historic anger, and grim, seemingly insurmountable realities. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity. show more

  • 100
    Total Film

    A hugely powerful, moving study of a small village's stand against overwhelming state power. Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    There has to be room for this kind of plea, especially a work that, obliquely, captures so many largely unreported details: the night raids rounding up children, the torn-up olive trees and kids' soccer games in the battle zone. show more

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