Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The combination of youthful irreverence and military indoctrination is jarring.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
A scene between Yoni and Fahed in the pilot’s makeshift holding cell is a microcosm of everything that’s right about the movie, and not quite right.
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Total Film

By Neil Smith
Neatly juxtaposes the beauty of the landscape with the enmities it engenders.
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By Mark Jenkins
Zaytoun is different: This time, the director allows his characters to cross the frontier. That makes for a story that's sweeter, but also less convincing.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Well-intentioned but heavy-handed.
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The Playlist

Despite some great character work, the film's journey comes across as pedestrian at best.
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Dalton
The film’s facile message of cross-cultural unity owes more to fairy tale than reality, but the action is slick and the story gripping.
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Village Voice

Alternating abruptly between road-trip comedy and war-through-a-child's-eyes melodrama, the film's tonal inconsistency prevents the story from gelling.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
In grabbing for the heart this one-size-fits-all fable sadly ignores the mind.
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39 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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