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  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: You emerge from Ajami moved and also a little worn out, but mostly grateful for the heart, craft and intelligence the movie has shown.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fresh: A confident contemporary crime thriller that, yes, may rely on perhaps a few too many plot coincidences to hang together, but otherwise offers a bracing insight into a troubled situation without hectoring us with insipid platitudes.

- Alistair Harkness, Scotsman, Monday, July 19, 2010

Fresh: Shani and Copti (who costars as a hipster druggie) elicit moving performances from their nonprofessional actors, who ground the somewhat breathless action in a streetwise realism.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, February 18, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Ajami was directed by 2 young Israelis directors, Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani. It was nominated as best Foreign Film this year Oscar, but unfortunately it lost from the Argentinian thriller. Ajami was a two hour drama which involved several violent incidents, linking one story to the others, and focused on some view points told by the use of flashbacks. The movie had a slow pace in the beginning but then it became more interesting. The young actors featured in the movie were amazing and made the movie believable from beginning to the end.

- mvieaddict, Thursday, March 18, 2010

5 stars

The best film of its kind since "The Edge of Heaven". It's hard to believe that this masterpiece was concocted by nonprofessionals, since its authenticity transcends conventional filmmaking. This is a complex and convoluted non-linear story that is so brilliantly constructed and connected, it easily trumps films like "Crash" and "Babel".

- sportsphenom1, Thursday, December 16, 2010

4 stars

Powerful film! Also hard to absorb some of the segments in the film at times!

- shannylee38, Wednesday, January 5, 2011