Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Mar 31, 2011
    Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 25, 2011
    Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Miral.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Miral doesn't purport to be a history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict any more than Huckleberry Finn purports to be a history of ante-bellum America. But the experiences it conveys are vivid, powerful and cannot be denied. Maybe that's why certain parties so dislike the film. Complex human realities such as those embodied by well-wrought narrative fiction undermine the either/or talking points of partisans, who, no matter what their persuasion, have never been especially friendly to artistic pursuits. Ignore the posturing and experience Miral for yourself. Full Review »
  2. POV
    Apr 3, 2011
    I found MIRAL exhilarating. Schnabel receives Jebreal's story with care, and sharpens it with his mastery in painting with an incredible cinematography. His camera work has been characterized as shaky, but i think he is a master of framing; he conveys the unrest of the Israel-Palestine conflict through his angles, his choice of shots, the jeeringly touching music, and by his thematic taste. Maybe because I watched the film in the Angelika, among many Palestinians and Jews, maybe because I got to spoke to Jebreal and Schnabel after the screening, I am enthusiastic about the significance of the mere action of putting out there a film that concerns this conflict at this given time in history. Whatever the aesthetic and cinematic significance MIRAL shall have in the future, it will definitely make you question where the truth lies in respect to both sides' role in the conflict. Well done. Full Review »
  3. Apr 2, 2011
    This film greatly exceeded my expectations. I'm a fan of Julian Schnabel (esp "Diving Bell & The Butterfly"), but I figured the casting of Freida Pinto signaled that the film overly slanted in one direction. I was surprised to see some balance, and I appreciated the focus on education, and the danger of putting education aside for the sake of politics and political struggle. Hiam Abbass is outSTANding as the founder of the school for girls, and Miral's father Alexander Siddig does another terrific job in a critical role. The brief historical clips are truly interesting and help to advance the storyline effectively. Full Review »