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Although the subject matter is inherently disturbing, it’s hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved by this mournful tale. Read full review
The conflict in The Attack is less about the reasoning behind immoral behavior than the problems involved in any cursory understanding of it. Read full review
On both a political and a personal level, the film is pessimistic, yes, but it feels truthful, and never lapses into easy cynicism. Read full review
Remarkably accomplished and self-confident. In dramatic terms The Attack borrows a page from Alfred Hitchcock's playbook — an innocent in a strange land, delving into dangerous matters he doesn't understand. In political terms, though, the script is unsparing and ultimately bleak. It doesn't justify terrorism, but it does dramatize the rage and despair that dominate life in the occupied territories. Read full review
The Attack is most avowedly "about" terrorism. But that's a subject, not the subject. The film, an arresting and upsetting one, is also about love, trauma, and trust, both within one particular marriage and within entire cultures. Read full review
The best kind of anti-war propaganda film, calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism, which can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time. It's also a love story, and a film about having it all. And then in an instant, losing everything. Read full review
Doueiri has brilliantly and simply put a compassionate human face on a part of the world where ethnicity still trumps education, class and achievement, where even the successful face, at best, second-class citizenship in their own country. Read full review
One thing Doueiri didn't get from Tarantino is smirky attitude; The Attack is sad and resigned, but also tender. Read full review
Mr. Doueiri creates characters, emotional colors and political contradictions that have the agonized sting and breathe of life. Read full review
The Attack is not just about an incident targeting Israelis. This is also the story of not knowing Palestinians. Read full review
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