The Attack Synopsis
A suicide bombing reveals the dark truth about the wife of a Palestinian surgeon.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Although the subject matter is inherently disturbing, it’s hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved by this mournful tale.
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91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
The conflict in The Attack is less about the reasoning behind immoral behavior than the problems involved in any cursory understanding of...
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91

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
On both a political and a personal level, the film is pessimistic, yes, but it feels truthful, and never lapses into easy cynicism.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Remarkably accomplished and self-confident. In dramatic terms The Attack borrows a page from Alfred Hitchcock's playbook — an innocent in a...
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The Attack is most avowedly "about" terrorism. But that's a subject, not the subject. The film, an arresting and upsetting one, is also...
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88

RogerEbert.com

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The best kind of anti-war propaganda film, calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism,...
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Doueiri has brilliantly and simply put a compassionate human face on a part of the world where ethnicity still trumps education, class and...
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
One thing Doueiri didn't get from Tarantino is smirky attitude; The Attack is sad and resigned, but also tender.
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Mr. Doueiri creates characters, emotional colors and political contradictions that have the agonized sting and breathe of life.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
The Attack is not just about an incident targeting Israelis. This is also the story of not knowing Palestinians.
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Rated R | For For some violent images, language and brief sexuality.