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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of the movie probably will mystify viewers not steeped in Middle Eastern history and culture, but a good deal of the humor can be appreciated by anybody. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Unfortunately, the stylistic repetition and intensely one-sided viewpoint only undermine his (Suleiman) goal. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Don't expect guffaw-inducing comedy, but rather deadpan humor in the style of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    A touching and insightful black comedy that gracefully spans sixty years. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Suleiman can be criticized for failing, ever so slightly, at crafting an overall structure-his latest, based on his dad's diary and other memories, is an autobiographical story of exile and return that skips like a stone over water, fleetly but not so deeply. Still, this is a welcome example of kitsch wedded to serious indictment. show more

  • 70
    Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine

    Blend of sardonic humor and bitter poetry. show more

  • 91
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Suleiman's most poignant moments are largely wordless. Nothing feels more affecting than Suleiman's ubiquitous frozen stare. Although he never utters a sound, his silence speaks volumes about the inability to resolve the social ramifications of Middle Eastern strife. show more

  • 58
    Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly

    At best, his poker-faced vignettes nail the icy comedy of war: A man chats on his cell phone, unworried about a tank targeting him a few feet away. At worst, they're totally opaque and unmoving. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Suleiman's a more assured director than he is a comedian. But individual, Tati-worthy gags still have great power. show more

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