Paradise Now Synopsis
Two childhood friends are chosen as suicide bombers to carry out a strike in Tel Aviv.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Of all the shocks in the riveting and timely political thriller Paradise Now, the most unsettling may be the dignity bestowed on a pair of...
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A thoughtful, unsparing look at a controversial subject: suicide bombing.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Shot in the West Bank, the film radiates authenticity. Even when he plays the action like a thriller, Abu-Assad is in search of a deeper...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A compelling, tightly made political thriller.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
At the stunning conclusion, you feel as if the weight of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come down on your head.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's an intricate, sometimes implausible ideological thriller that might be better as a smaller-scaled, less% preachy psychological drama....
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Paradise Now plays like Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," but with explosives.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While nothing truly new or shocking emerges, the film does bring clarity and compassion to its depiction of an act that baffles, angers and...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A valuable film, provided one doesn't ask too much of it.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It doesn't take its ideas or its audience far enough. The result is a humanist potboiler.
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Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic material and brief strong language