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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    At its best, Ajami shows you things you never would have considered or imagined. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    But don't worry if you miss some details; this is the kind of movie that rewards a second viewing. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The main drawback to this noble effort, just nominated for the foreign-language Oscar, is that the two-hour film is unrelievedly grim and tense. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It’s much too easy to call Ajami an Arab-Israeli “Crash,’’ but it’s a pretty good place to start. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Ajami is neither a puzzle nor a polemic. It's an admirably even-handed portrait of life in an occupied ghetto that is bounded by checkpoints. Everyone we meet is a more or less honorably motivated victim of circumstance. That the circumstances were inscribed centuries ago makes Ajami a tragedy of biblical proportions. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The latest and one of the most harrowing films set along the religious divides in Israel. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The complexity might require a second viewing, but there is compensation in the realistic acting by a cast of non-pros and the eye-grabbing, hand-held lensing by Boaz Yehonatan Yacov. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    While its themes of revenge, mutual resentment and grim fatalism offer little hope for a ready solutions, the movie itself testifies to the power of creative collaboration in finding common ground. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The stylings of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino come to the Mideast, but more credibly grounded in a complex setting fraught with raw contemporary politics and ancient class tensions. It makes for a compelling movie but hardly a pretty picture. show more

  • March 28, 2010 Margaret Opine
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    WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY PEOPLE TO KEEP THEM FROM SHOOTING THEM, THAT'S L IFE IN THE GHETTO. WHEN A MAN COMES INTO A RESTUARANT AND SHOOT UP THE CEILING TO EXTORT MONEY, THAT'S GHETTO OR POVERTY, EITHER ONE. BUT IT IS TRUE HUMAN GHETTO BEHAVIOR ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF SOMEONE COMES IN SHOOTING UP THE PLACE--i FEEL AND THINK, IF YOU HAVE A GUN, SHOOT THEM, BUT THEN, THAT IS THOUGHT OF AS 'GHETTO' BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN IN A RESTUARANT WITH A MADMEN SHOOTING UP THE PLACE ....PERIOD, NO MATTER WHERE HE IS SHOOTING, BUT TO THEN SEEK VENGENCE ON THE WHOLE FAMILY: GANG-WARFARE AND ALL THAT'S GHETTO, GHETTO, GHETTO!!! PALESTINE: THAT'S GHETTO!! AMERICA HAS ENOUGH MOVIES ABOUT LIFE IN THE GHETTO, (WE HAVE ENOUGH GHETTOS) THEREFORE, THESE PEOPLE WERE JUST SPEAKING A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE BUT IT WAS STILL GHETTO. I AGREE, THIS MOVIE WAS OVER-RATED BY CRITICS. I WAS REALLY HOPING FOR SOMETHING FAR MORE INTRIGUING. BUT I KNOW THEY ARE GIVING HIGH RATINGS TO ISRAEL TO SUPPORT THEIR MOVIEDOM. JUST DO THE SAME FOR PALESTINE WHEN THEY GET THEIRS UP AND RUNNING AND I SUGGEST A LOVE STORY LIKE THAT MOVIE ABOUT THE LEMON TREES WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA: A ROMANTIC COMEDY EVEN IN THE MIDST OF A STUPID WAR. THAT IS WHAT AMERICANS WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY TO SEE ABOUT ISRAEL OR PALESTINE. MAYBE IT WILL GIVE SOMEBODY SOME BETTER IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO LIVE. --MO

  • March 13, 2010 agatstone
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    Just the kind of self-immolating trash that regularly comes out of Israel, courtesy of an arts funding system over there that outdoes the US's National Endowment for the Arts for backing anyone who wants to P-ss on their country. Oh, wait, I forgot that the Arab member of the duo who made this piece of trash rejected the fawning prizes heaped on him as an Israeli filmmaker, saying that he was not an Israeli, after all.

  • March 08, 2010 Orahava
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    Very overrated by critics. Movie was not cohesive, ideas jumped. The cast relationships were not well defined and the time line for the movie was poorly done and confusing.

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