67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Confused? So is Miral, a film that makes bits and pieces of the Palestinian experience come alive without assembling them into a coherent vision.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Miral feels like gastric bypass moviemaking. It's a miniseries awkwardly stuffed in the body of a two-hour drama about the Palestinians' long struggle against the Israelis.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bogged down by speechifying and a plodding pace, Miral is well-intentioned but doesn't achieve the searing emotional resonance suggested by the story.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Any film as politically specific as Miral needs to be addressed on two levels, as a movie and as, from a certain viewpoint, a polemic. If a viewer can separate one from the other - and some may not - there's an intense, novelistic drama here.
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Miral stumbles, both thematically and stylistically. The two things that undermine the director's balance? Peace and love.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Dramatically but unevenly explores the lives of four Palestinian women during the years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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40

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
So much of Abbas' dialogue consists of stiff platitudes (the script is by journalist Rula Jebreal, based on her novel of the same name); the character she's playing has been reduced to a dull, saintly figure, and not even Abbas can find a way out of that miniature prison.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Miral.
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45 out of 100
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