5 Broken Cameras


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Oct 15, 2012
    A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 14, 2012
    The immediacy with which it bears witness to injustice is powerful and affecting, as are the images of joy he captures amid the burning olive trees.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 29, 2012
    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 1, 2012
    The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jun 21, 2012
    The film's sense of intimacy, its closeness to real people and painful events, allows it to reach a deeper place than more conventional pieces of political rhetoric.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    May 29, 2012
    The documentary provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historic anger, and grim, seemingly insurmountable realities.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 30, 2012
    That intertwining of Burnat's home life and his political one make 5 Broken Cameras an unusual, moving work about a much-explored topic.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 21, 2012
    Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 29, 2012
    The result is uniquely powerful, putting faces and human consequences to a political dispute that seemingly will never end.
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 31, 2012
    5 Broken Cameras deserves to be appreciated for the lyrical delicacy of his voice and the precision of his eye. That it is almost possible to look at the film this way - to foresee a time when it might be understood, above all, as a film - may be the only concrete hope Mr. Burnat and Mr. Davidi have to offer.
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 29, 2012
    There has to be room for this kind of plea, especially a work that, obliquely, captures so many largely unreported details: the night raids rounding up children, the torn-up olive trees and kids' soccer games in the battle zone.
  12. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Oct 1, 2012
    A hugely powerful, moving study of a small village's stand against overwhelming state power. Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on.
  13. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    May 22, 2012
    What makes 5 Broken Cameras stand out is its insistence on nuance and its refusal to get caught up in the self-defeating war of words over who is the bigger victim.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 21, 2013
    5 Broken Cameras is short on facts and, like the demonstrations themselves, provocative by nature. Still, it casts a baleful light on anguishing, seemingly incessant scenes of tear gas hurled, bullets fired, villagers fleeing for their lives and, on one shocking occasion, a life lost as the camera rolls. This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    if your knowledge of the palestinian conflict is derived solely from mainstream tv or vacuous entertainment columnists then you should watchif your knowledge of the palestinian conflict is derived solely from mainstream tv or vacuous entertainment columnists then you should watch this film. Full Review »