Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Popescu
    May 30, 2014
    This is political cinema at its best; intelligent, thought-provoking and utterly absorbing. Bakri is a star in the making and delivers an electrifying performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 20, 2014
    Omar maintains an unsettling rhythm of suspense and sociopolitical critique throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 20, 2014
    A volatile film. But it's not a specifically political one. With only superficial alteration, it could be set in Cold War Berlin, or colonial Boston, or any time and place where the dynamics of power conspire to create an atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Feb 19, 2014
    With the exception of Waleed F. Zuaiter, who does a remarkable good-cop act as an Israeli agent, the cast is composed of first-time actors who bring realism to a tragic story. It manages to punch you in the gut and break your heart at the same time.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 20, 2014
    If Alfred Hitchcock had grown up as a Palestinian, he might have made something like Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated Omar, which is a tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller with flawed, damaged and not entirely likable characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 21, 2014
    Omar is a thriller and a romance, with unabashedly melodramatic elements (there's even a love triangle), all of which are brought into stark relief by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Jan 16, 2014
    What Omar best portrays are the limitations that result from having an occupation, and the fight to overthrow it, dominate a person's entire life.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 22, 2014
    One of my favorite films of this young year. The young actors are excellent, and the actor who plays the Israeli officer/agent is terrific. The story pulses with action and romantic intrigue. I found it a touch confusing at the outset exactly which side of the wall Omar is on at a given time, and I felt I was playing catch-up a bit, but as the story of this group of friends develops, things become clear. The suspense is maintained until the credits roll. It's great to be able to turn to quality foreign films like this one during the first quarter of the year when Hollywood typically churns out its modest slate. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The glowing reviews of this film are verging on comically naive. It is blatantly violent anti-Israel propaganda which tries to justify the senseless premeditated killing of a couple of Israelis by Palestinian terrorists. At no point is the act of killing questioned. It is implicit that these assassins must escape punitive consequence for their crime. The ending is totally implausible, an Israeli captain would never hand a loaded handgun to a Palestinian terrorist who then shoots the captain with a Shwartzeneggerian catch phrase as if he is some kind of hero. How do we know this is propaganda without having a thorough grounding in the political situation in Israel? (Aside from the "hero" as murderer.) Establish this for yourselves. Consider the depiction of violence. Whenever a Palestinian kills someone (betrayals within the ranks, Israelis etc) it is presented indirectly offscreen, off camera, from a distance, implied with dialogue and so on. When violence occurs at the hands of the Israelis it is graphic and directly represented. Question the gaze of this movie. Oh, and as a movie? It is clunky and implausible. The acting is not very good, with the exceptions of the female romantic lead which is an highly divisive ploy to humanise the terrorist because he must be a hero if he has the love of a beautiful girl.. This film is interesting as a cultural artefact in pushing the limits of (im)morality. Would you make a film that humanises a death camp guard? Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2014
    "Omar" has one of the most believable performances I've ever seen on the big screen. The whole story is breathtaking, the cinematography, being able to catch with the hit and run scenes is terrific. Everything in this film is beautifully crafted, although it is not a perfect movie, it is near one, it is a charming love story, thus I highly recommend it. Full Review »