Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 50
    Interestingly for an Israeli movie, the bombers are not Palestinians -- they're young, ultra-Orthodox fanatics.
  2. The tone is balanced, reflective and reasonable. Avni is a major star in Israel, and he is an actor with world-class charm.
  3. Leaves a movie that wants to be a searching moral examination of human motivation under stress frustratingly opaque at the center.
  4. One of the most successful, provocative and intensely contemporary of Israeli films, so much so that to watch it is to feel the country having a passionate argument with itself.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    The set-up revolves around a draggy love triangle, while the climax -- slo-mo leap through the air and all -- could have come out of any direct-to-video action flick.
  6. Hobbled with pedestrian direction, a dull visual style and a last act awash in obvious bang-bang melodrama.
  7. Despite its rare look at the tensions between religious and secular soldiers in a settlement on the occupied West Bank, it's a pretty static, by-the-book drama that would be insufferable without the sullen heat of Tinkerbell and Avni.
  8. 50
    Ultimately, writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a film that resembles a subtitled very special episode of "JAG."
  9. 60
    Flawed but engrossing thriller. Highly atmospheric, it gets its charge by dramatizing religious millennialism in a region that is the world epicenter of irrationality.
  10. 50
    A capable, soulful thriller with a love story as steamy as is possible when its lead characters are Orthodox Jews.
  11. 70
    Despite a couple of low-budget, rookie-director rough spots, this fascinating look at Israel in ferment feels as immediate as the latest news footage from Gaza and, because of its heightened, well-shaped dramas, twice as powerful.
  12. 88
    Time of Favor, which boasts a haunting score, is an unflinching, complex portrait of a modern Israel that is rarely seen on-screen.
  13. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    70
    Emerges as an intelligent portrayal of the repercussions of single-minded religious fervor, and of the way the willingness to suffer for a cause does not necessarily translate into selfless acts.
  14. Reviewed by: Jack Helbig
    40
    Falls flat.

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