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  • Summary: Three dramatic encounters between modern-day Israelis and the Bedouin people who are their neighbors, colleagues, lovers and employees. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 88
    It is haunting in its literal and symbolic meanings, which is the powerful, lingering effect of Yellow Asphalt.
  2. Reviewed by: Lael Lowenstein
    80
    With its remarkably intimate look at Israeli Bedouin culture, a subject heretofore little treated, Danny Verete's Yellow Asphalt is a deeply affecting and brutally uncompromising anthology of three unrelated stories.
  3. More than the sum of its parts.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    These three films form a remarkably cohesive whole, both visually and thematically, through their consistently sensitive and often exciting treatment of an ignored people.
  5. Reviewed by: Megan Turner
    63
    So lovingly and perceptively filmed that you can almost taste the desiccated air.
  6. Dryly cynical; the scenarios pit plump, amoral, industrialized Jews against draconian, wife-beating, tribal Arabs.
  7. 40
    Though it's tempting to praise Verete for having the courage to show the worst of both worlds, only a propagandist could get away with being so reductive; an artist should be held to a higher standard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2