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Paradise Now

drama, foreign


"PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    89%
  • Audience Score
    87%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    89%
    reviews counted: 25
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  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fresh: A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, December 1, 2005

Fresh: Could a more important, relevant and complimentary film to Munich have come out in 2005?

- Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Unfortunately, I could neither relate to it, nor did I find it entertaining (but I suppose it wasn't meant to entertain). However, it wasn't too lengthy & the 90-something-minutes duration made it fairly watchable/bearable.

- imrealgod, Friday, March 26, 2010

3 stars

Intense, borderline claustrophobic, but all along it felt like something was missing in this film... cinematographically fantastic though, and exciting by times, it's worth watching, but it wasn't the fantastic film I'd heard it was. I still liked it, just an expectation problem I suppose. Still a better than average movie, no question.

- danperry17, Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 stars

Just out of personal curiosity, I wonder if any of you flixsters miss Gene Siskel as much as I do? Roger Ebert, no offense, buddy, but as someone who has made a gazillion dollars off of slickly skimming the movie "explanation" biz, why do I always get the feeling that you're cutting and pasting your reviews and maybe not even watching the whole movie when you write about it? While I agree with you -- to a very small extent --that the terrorist bomber is a figure to be pitied, Roger, sent out to waste his/her life -- and often the lives of innocent victims, which is where pity stops -- by a "braintrust" that is too cowardly to do the deed themselves -- think terrorists like bush/cheney and their ilk -- I have to say that the following statement by you, Roger, gives me pause: "When religion is involved, it sidesteps the issue, since religion provides an absolute rationale." The "issue" is the rationale behind going through with a suicide bombing. Ah, Roger, did you listen to the speech that Kais Nashif (Said) gives when he is about to be cut from the project? This speech is the heart of the film, Roger. Don't you understand that he's not talking about his religion, but about what a lousy life he leads and that he refuses to return to it? His life sucks, Mr. Ebert, and that is the absolute "rationale" behind what he finally does. Now that really is pitiful. It's pathetic. I would really rather have him say the principal motivating factor is his religion. Then at least we could imagine that Said believes he's found a higher calling, no matter how twisted it may be. Let's kill innocent people -- and that bus is full of them -- because we have lousy lives. Great. Well, at least it beats bushco: Let's kill innocent people because we're rich, but we want to be richer. I tell you, flixster friends, this really really really gives one pause. I wonder what Siskel would have said in return? Roger, you ignorant slut? Oh, sorry, that's the Saturday Night Live take on 60 Minutes. Siskel would probably just laugh out loud.

- binky013, Friday, March 7, 2008