Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 4, 2013
    75
    Directed and co-written by Thierry Binisti, a TV veteran, the film boasts solid acting (especially from red-haired Bonitzer) and handsome cinematography.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 3, 2013
    70
    Fueled by neither anger nor religious extremism - the director, Thierry Binisti, remains rigidly nonpartisan - "Bottle" is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 7, 2013
    60
    Ultimately A Bottle in the Gaza Sea adds little insight into a conflict that has already inspired several powerful dramas, such as the recent "The Other Son," and is sadly likely to be the subject of many more.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 3, 2013
    60
    There are no villains here, no attempts to sway opinions or even stake out political ground. Some will find that a disappointment. But the truth is that this effort is both more evenhanded than most dramas with similar themes, and more open-hearted.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 1, 2013
    60
    The film's notion that a little understanding and a lot of e-mailing would basically solve the Middle East crisis, however, is as reductive as it is utopian.
  6. Reviewed by: Jon Frosch
    Jan 2, 2013
    50
    Although smoothly directed, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea has little visual personality or dramatic urgency. What might have been a tough and adult take on a bond full of hope but thwarted by war plays more like an after-school special.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Jan 1, 2013
    50
    The initially cynical Naim suggests Tal's project is insignificant, nothing but a bottle of hope bobbing about in a sea of enmity – and so too this film.
  8. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    Jan 1, 2013
    50
    The film obviously can't resolve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, but the resolution to the story's arc feels nonetheless forced and misplaced.

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