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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    All in all, a resonant theme, poorly played. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Roth prefers sentimentality to subtlety and cutesiness to complexity. Fortunately, Molina balances Port's precocity, bringing a welcome gravitas to this simply told tale. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite this promising subject matter, the film runs out of steam two-thirds of the way through and becomes a sort of Palestinian "Porky's," ending with a fast-forward 30 years into the future that is confusing and abrupt. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    An engaging Israeli film about the days when the people throwing rocks, assassinating soldiers and setting off bombs were Jews out to carve a state for themselves out of the British "mandate" in Palestine. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Alfred Molina gives a warm and engaging performance as an occupying British soldier. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The mix of mawkishness and polemic is naive. Children, though, will probably leave with a lot of good questions. A better movie would leave them with more. show more

  • 60
    Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic

    Doesn't attempt much, doesn't accomplish much, doesn't offer much and doesn't leave you with anything memorable to take home with you. show more

  • 20
    Stephen Garrett Time Out New York

    Numbingly simplistic in concept and execution. show more

  • 60
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    The film is clever in using a child to tease out the misunderstandings that arise between those on opposite sides, even when the river of emotions that should course through The Little Traitor sometimes runs dry. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Terminally mild, ill-structured adaptation of Amos Oz's novel "Panther in the Basement." show more

  • May 19, 2010 reviewsbcbrad
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    This movie really showcases Alfred Molina's talent. He's not stuck playing the usual comic relief or villain - he's a charming lead character. First time actor Ido Port is also pretty impressive as Proffy - a precocious young boy that finds a father figure in Molina's Sgt. Dunlop. It's a great coming of age story with a dazzling view of Israel.

  • April 10, 2010 Denar427
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    I saw the Little Traitor at the Mariemont in Cinciinnati and thought it was just wonderful. The acting is very touching and the photography of israel is gorgeous. I really felt like I was in Israel in 1947. I'm recommending tit to my friends and their children.

  • February 09, 2010 ifrankle
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  • December 06, 2009 JohnHBrennick
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    So many historical movies are just overbearing and a slog to get through. The Little Traitor really gives you just enough historical background for the events to serve as a backdrop for the primary story - an unlikely friendship between an Israeli boy growing up in Palestine and an English soldier trying to keep the peace. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolate, plays Sergeant Dunlop, a kindhearted soldier who befriends a precocious young boy named Proffy (Ido Port), who fancies himself a crusader for Israeli independence. The friendship proves tricky for them both, as Dunlop's fellow soldiers are weary of the boy, and Proffy's friends end up seeing him as a traitor for befriending Dunlop. Dunlop and Proffy each grows through the adversity they face and end up being the stronger for it.

  • November 08, 2008 Dolce222
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    A beautiful film. Charming and very touching.

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