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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
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  1. Apr 2, 2011
    8
    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 isThis 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. Expand
  2. POV
    Apr 3, 2011
    10
    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 thematicI 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. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
Metascore
45

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: Joe Williams
    Apr 15, 2011
    50
    The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.
  2. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    This story of a girl growing up in the occupied territories never finds its footing.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Mar 31, 2011
    25
    Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.