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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Well-intentioned but heavy-handed. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Dalton The Hollywood Reporter

    The film’s facile message of cross-cultural unity owes more to fairy tale than reality, but the action is slick and the story gripping. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Zaytoun is different: This time, the director allows his characters to cross the frontier. That makes for a story that's sweeter, but also less convincing. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The combination of youthful irreverence and military indoctrination is jarring. show more

  • 63
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    A scene between Yoni and Fahed in the pilot’s makeshift holding cell is a microcosm of everything that’s right about the movie, and not quite right. show more

  • 12
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    It misfires in tone, depth, and political tact, dumbing down rather than providing new insights into the Israel-Palestine conflict. show more

  • 60
    Neil Smith Total Film

    Neatly juxtaposes the beauty of the landscape with the enmities it engenders. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The fact that the film’s title is an Arabic word for “olive,” as in holding out said branch to your foes, gives you a sense of what Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree) is going for: a melodrama with a do-we-all-not-bleed? moral. show more

  • 40
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    It's quite a sweet idea, with a liberal attempt at balance, though Palestinian audiences may query the idea of making their half of this equation a child, and Fahed's motivation for defying his elders in quite so disloyal and dangerous a way, is never convincingly explained. show more

  • 30
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    Though Dorff isn’t the only thing wrong with Zaytoun, he is still its biggest liability, and the rare case where one miscast role ruins a film’s essential premise. show more

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