Waltz With Bashir Synopsis
A friend's recurring nightmare prompts a filmmaker to probe his own memories.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is personal filmmaking of the highest order, recognized with an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Waltz With Bashir has transcended the definitions of ''cartoon'' or ''war documentary'' to be classified as its own brilliant invention.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
The best movie of 2008? The most revealing war film ever made? The greatest animated feature to come out of Israel? All these descriptions...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Waltz With Bashir not only breathes but it howls - and sobs and curses and croons and, in the end, when sound proves useless in the face of...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This animated documentary, from former Israeli soldier Ari Folman, blends both tactics to devastating effect. Perhaps only animation could...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is a powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The chosen style of animation leads to a distracting choppiness that renders the movements, gestures and facial expressions of the...
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One of the most powerful movies I've seen in years.

By movieboy23
Waltz With Bashir is an incredible tour de force. Ari Folman shows his tremendous film making skill by venturing out into the normally tame area of animation to tell his story of war, destruction and...

Waltz with Bashir: An honest look at the man in the mirror and the horrors of war

By Abumaya
As an Israeli and a Jew, I was very proud that Israel could make itself so vulnerable and be introspective in broad daylight about such a serious and disturbing topic. This is a testimony to Israeli...

Excellent film

By vargas515
Very intense movie. Great story and very cool animation style....

Old School Propaganda with New School Visuals

By mediocrates
This is not a film for emotional or political juveniles, but for a grownup audience it is impressive and compelling. To appreciate this film, you will need to have a strong stomach for its disturbing...

the best documentary that I saw about middle east conflict

By flordavidzon
I loved it every minute. Great image, music, excelent script, socking reality The images even is animation stay in your mind for days and nights... open another dimension to the possibilites of...

Amazing! Very Powerful and creative!

By donain
This movie was really something special. It makes you think and feel what the Israeli soldiers felt during the first Lebanon War. The animation and soundtrack portray the drama of life and death...

brillliant ..

By esteesgray
world changing...

Only go if you are an animation lover!

By Iseeeverymovie
There is a very interesting new animation technique, otherwise, dull, flat, unresolved, and confusing. A real slog, that means we would have left if our son was not with us. Best impact a the finish....

Deserves an Oscar

By lpaster
Great movie...

Powerful movie on the human toll of war

By ivystern_icloud_com
Great movie. The animation was wonderful and effective. Movie really focuses on the human toll of war -- without taking sides or making judgements. We know Israeli soldiers who fought in that war...

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Rated R | For some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content