The Gatekeepers Synopsis
Interviews with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service agency.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If vigilance and preemption, recompense and retaliation is not enough, the film asks, then what is?
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
This is one hot, provocative, revelatory and astonishing documentary, one sure to provoke enthralled interest and controversy wherever it...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is a great and necessary document in support of a two-state solution. Even those who don't believe in such a solution may find their...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It’s about spycraft, but it goes to the source. If for no other reason, it deserves to be seen for arranging decades of events in the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The film, by seasoned cinematographer Dror Moreh, is a feat — of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary.
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Chicago Sun-Times

The Gatekeepers has a cold air to it: washed-out colors, tan ominous soundtrack, eerily floating satellite footage… The most chilling...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Israeli journalist Dror Moreh has hit a documentarian's trifecta with The Gatekeepers. It's an exemplary piece of enterprise...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Gatekeepers cuts deeper than any political thriller. It's a powerhouse.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Until this film, these Shin Bet directors had never consented to an interview. Now that they've spoken - and have said the unexpected - we...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A fascinating and informative, if sometimes stodgy, documentary about the most secret wing of Israel's anti-espionage unit.
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The Gatekeepers

By lemonwater
An outstanding documentary. Insight about the struggle between Israel and Palestinians from the point of view of the surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities...

missed it for me

By wmjberg
I love all connections to Israel. For me the best part of the movie was trying to understand the hebrew without looking at the subtitles. I didn't understand why "The Gatekeepers " were talking about...


By sandgolds
All 4 of us found it to be a very moving, interesting, and challenging, as well as disturbing, movie. It is impressive that the film-maker found 6 former heads of Shin Bet who ALL felt based on what...

Grim, interesting and very enlightening

By fasteaumovies
Interviews with 6 former heads of Bet Shin, the Israeli counterintelligence and antiterrorism agency. Very impressive individuals with a grim story to tell about Israeli right wing politics...

Important insights into Israel's Security situation

By mgbglencoe
Not a "fun" film to watch, but an important one. Impressively made, seemingly objectively framed and positioned, and therefore well-positioned to help viewers understand aspects of Israel's security...

Insightful, thoughtful must see

By ek1
This amazing documentary deserves all the accolades it has been getting. If you want to know the road to peace, listen to the words of former Chiefs of Security in Israel talking about the failings...

The Gatekeepers

By lost_movie_snob
Even though the subject matter is riveting and serious, I almost fell asleep. Maybe a little too long and monotonous, it loses sight of the fact that all this has been going on for such a long...

The Gatekeepers

By DrBilly2
Maddening to know that those who you would think would want to annihilate the Palestinians, think otherwise. Of course the only way to end this worrisome debacle is to get both sides to the...

Stunning, Reflective Movie that Doesn't Overdo the Violence

By dcmoviedude
The Gatekeepers is a movie about people struggling with their choices over decades to reduce a growing tide of violence in Israel following the 1967 War. There's enough footage of protests, car...

A lesson in Israeli Colonialism or the Mess.

By jpodetc
Anyone who takes the time out to see this film, although slanted, the film that is, will have the advantage of insight into the the mess by listening to what is not said and following the logic of...

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Rated PG-13 | For For violent content including disturbing images.