75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Private, Italian director Saverio Costanzo's stunning human drama, would seem like something out of Kafka if it weren't based on real events and a relatively common fact of contemporary Palestinian life.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
For a movie rooted in reality, Italian filmmaker Saverio Costanzo's taut psychological drama is in desperate danger of drowning in metaphor.
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
Selected as Italy's entry for best foreign film at this year's Academy Awards, Private was disqualified for not being predominantly in Italian. A pity, since this meticulously nonpartisan film, even as it makes the case for passive resistance, shows what devastating lack of appeal the strategy has for young Palestinians.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The film possesses a quiet but powerful tension.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Perhaps inevitably bleak and grueling, Private is also involving and provocative -- and critical of Israeli treatment of Palestinians in an effectively understated manner.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
An emotionally and politically loaded allegory.
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70

Variety

By Derek Elley
Political realities are a powerful bonus to, rather than the only reason for, Private, an emotionally gripping drama.
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60

Chicago Reader

Director Saverio Costanzo shrewdly de-emphasizes the political issues, instead charting the subtle shifts in power between the prisoners and their captors.
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50

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
For all its documentary-style urgency, Private often feels forced.
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25

New York Post

Israeli soldiers are cast as the killers, while the Palestinians are the hapless bunnies. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is thus reimagined as "Bambi."
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61 out of 100
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