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. 88
    Time of Favor, which boasts a haunting score, is an unflinching, complex portrait of a modern Israel that is rarely seen on-screen.
  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. Hobbled with pedestrian direction, a dull visual style and a last act awash in obvious bang-bang melodrama.
  4. 50
    Interestingly for an Israeli movie, the bombers are not Palestinians -- they're young, ultra-Orthodox fanatics.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. Leaves a movie that wants to be a searching moral examination of human motivation under stress frustratingly opaque at the center.
  12. 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.
  13. 50
    Ultimately, writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a film that resembles a subtitled very special episode of "JAG."
  14. Reviewed by: Jack Helbig
    40
    Falls flat.

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