• Released
  • August 23, 2006
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film's opening dedication to Pasolini acknowledges Arslan's debt to Neorealism, but the gritty, documentary style is offset by a charming bit of chalkboard animation that helps lighten the mood considerably.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Fratricide marks Arslan as one of Europe's hottest young talents, drawing simultaneously on the film traditions of America, Western Europe and the Middle East.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Fierce and tragic tale of lost hope.
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75

New York Post

Nonprofessional actors and convincingly dingy details give Fratricide a harsh documentary quality, and its "Midnight Cowboy"-style ending is bitterly powerful. Devotees of seamy '70s cinema should give this little film a look.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Shot with such grit that the lenses seem coated with grease, Fratricide offers a myopic impression of an unnamed German city, and that's probably the point, since so much of its territory and opportunities are sealed off from these immigrant characters.
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70

Variety

A hard-hitting, ultimately tragic tale of the struggle for identity among Kurdish emigres in urban Germany.
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70

Village Voice

A well-wrought, beautifully lensed but ultimately hopeless tale, Fratricide provides a less than optimistic allegory for the intractability of human conflicts: Even far away and decades later, old wars bring fresh miseries.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While the boys' fates do seem a little too predestined, that may well be Arslan's intention. When you're idling in no man's land, it's all too easy to get uprooted.
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40

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Every so often, Mr. Arslan cuts to Kurdistan, where a group of women wander the barren landscape, a Greek chorus gone astray in a film gone amiss.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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