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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The story, based on a real incident, may be simplistic, but that's the nature of fables. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree is a lively deadpan comedy which, like his prior film "The Syrian Bride," satirizes Israel's bureaucrats while remaining sympathetic to citizens who live within and adjacent to Israel's disputed borders. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The cast is uniformly fine, but Abbass and Lipaz-Michael shine as two women who bond in the fear that the best of their lives is over and neither of them is happy with what the future holds. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    You know a performance has to be special when a Palestinian wins Israel's version of the Best Actress Oscar. But why should politics detract from a stunning performance? show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Referencing the popular song, the movie's title reminds us that "the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat." That, in a rind, is Riklis's deeply frustrated view of his country's stalemate, but you can only take a metaphor so far before it falters in the face of endless geopolitical complexity. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Often refuses to adhere to the formula, sometimes offering a tantalizing ambiguity, other times aspiring to a more complex drama it cannot entirely deliver. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The sensuousness of Lemon Tree is its glory. show more

  • 60
    David Parkinson Empire

    A positive and personal look at the Israel/ Palestine divide through the quest of one woman to maintain her own property. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The most remarkable aspect of Lemon Tree, however, and the one that's most likely to land this film on many year-end Best Foreign Film lists, is Abbass' devastating and marvelously restrained performance. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    A wrenching, richly layered feminist allegory as well as a geopolitical one. show more

  • May 29, 2009 AVrum Nusn
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    Excellent film of Academy Award Caliber. Hiam Abbass in the maail role is a truly phenomenal new Anna Magnani.

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