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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Lévy gets expectedly strong work from the veteran Devos and outstanding performances from Sitruk and Dehbi. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Levy's film gets to say affecting things about the mysteries of identity, and the ironies of ancient enmity. If we can assume, from the nature of the premise, that Joseph and Yacine will soon accept their situation and become friends, we can also assume, from the course of history, that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue to resist doing the same. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A parablelike melodrama with obvious symbolic meaning. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Making a feel-good movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be a recipe for disaster, but French writer-director Lorraine Levy manages to avoid many, if not all, of the pitfalls in her touching family drama. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Sentimental? Certainly, but in a part of the world where hope and optimism haven't shown their faces in a long time, it's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son, as it did "The Band's Visit." Movies have rarely been known to change the world, but you never know. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When the mistake is discovered, how do the families react? What disturbs them more: that their son has been raised as an enemy or that he has been raised in another religion? That's where The Other Son gets complicated. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's done persuasively enough that you wonder how you'd feel under similar circumstances. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint. show more

  • November 16, 2012 dbenj104500
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    I enjoyed this movie. The story was realistic and the characters were likable with well developed personalities. The message was one of peace and hope. And somehow the use of several languages including English enhanced it.

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