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Not Yet Rated In Theaters 02/21/2014 , 99min.
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March 13, 2014
Extremely well done. Lots of character development. Plenty of action. Several cogent story lines well woven together. An ending even more hopeless than King Lear's.
March 02, 2014
The viewer is led into a dark tapestry of brutality and deception, proving the truth of the fears on both sides: the Palestinians have no reliable counter-party with whom to negotiate, and the Israelis, while professing to want peace, take actions that produce the opposite.

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Slant Magazine
In the end, the film's misstep isn't some failure at being sufficiently morally gray. In being the thriller that it is, it smudges the palette beyond recognition. Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
In Bethlehem Adler tries to make some sense of that world, and to the extent that it's possible, succeeds. Full Review
Bob Mondello
Bethlehem qualifies as a promising debut for its first-time actors and director, but it's slack at first, and the thriller tricks it uses to ratchet up the tension later — musical underscoring, careening vehicles, threatening crowds — keep it from sneaking past your defenses. Full Review
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
It’s a slickly plotted ticking-time-bomb thriller with a crisp look and one standout debut performance, by Hitham Omari as a ruthless leader of a terrorist cell. Full Review
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Densely plotted by director Yuval Adler and Ali Wakad (the former Israeli, the latter Palestinian), this informant crime drama finds admirable complexity in the folds of its shifting allegiances — even if you’ve seen this dynamic done better in movies like "The Departed." Full Review

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