88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
When the mistake is discovered, how do the families react? What disturbs them more: that their son has been raised as an enemy or that he has been raised in another religion? That's where The Other Son gets complicated.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Lévy gets expectedly strong work from the veteran Devos and outstanding performances from Sitruk and Dehbi.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's done persuasively enough that you wonder how you'd feel under similar circumstances.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A parablelike melodrama with obvious symbolic meaning.
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Sentimental? Certainly, but in a part of the world where hope and optimism haven't shown their faces in a long time, it's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son, as it did "The Band's Visit." Movies have rarely been known to change the world, but you never know.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Making a feel-good movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be a recipe for disaster, but French writer-director Lorraine Levy manages to avoid many, if not all, of the pitfalls in her touching family drama.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Levy's film gets to say affecting things about the mysteries of identity, and the ironies of ancient enmity. If we can assume, from the nature of the premise, that Joseph and Yacine will soon accept their situation and become friends, we can also assume, from the course of history, that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue to resist doing the same.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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