Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Popescu
    May 30, 2014
    100
    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
    91
    Omar maintains an unsettling rhythm of suspense and sociopolitical critique throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 20, 2014
    91
    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
    91
    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
    90
    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
    88
    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
    88
    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
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 22, 2014
    9
    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.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. Dec 2, 2014
    8
    A wrenching Palestinian drama worthy of that Oscar nomination it was lauded this January. The titular character of Omar is treated in such aA wrenching Palestinian drama worthy of that Oscar nomination it was lauded this January. The titular character of Omar is treated in such a tragic way, I dare viewers not to sympathize with him throughout. The film revolves around a trio of friends who stage an assassination of a soldier. An ensuing fallout results in one of them, Omar, getting captured and tortured, forced to work with the government. Already the stage is set for morally grey exploration of terrorist brotherhoods. The characters are treated so humanely that it is easy to overlook their violent acts through a lens of absolute empathy. Eventually, Omar is left to make several hard decisions in order to keep his life from spiraling out of control. The events escalate to a situation-lockout that leaves you with a feeling of utter hopelessness. This plotting is complex, yet it's design and moral conflict is inherently quite simple. Each betrayal or plot twist is underscored with an understanding of the motivation behind each character, leaving no one an outright villain and the hero ultimately a martyr. The performances from everyone involved are decent, but the lead, Adam-I-forget-his-last-name-at-the-moment, deserves particular praise for creating a balance of stoicism and cool reserve. There are a few moments of humor as well to prevent the drama from reaching flat-out bleak territory, even though most of the attempts are just that. The elements with Omar and his girlfriend become repetitive early on and I cared least about her storyline, though it is vital to the story. Aside from an ending that feels bizarrely jarring and unsatisfying, literally only in the final seconds, the whole ride propels forward at a steady pace and never loses track of the human element at hand. Probably the most tragic lead character of the year, I almost cried I felt so bad for him. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2014
    10
    Political thriller at its best. Edge of your seat suspense and you are in for a rollar coaster ride of intrique, double crossing, and sadnessPolitical thriller at its best. Edge of your seat suspense and you are in for a rollar coaster ride of intrique, double crossing, and sadness of the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. Full Review »