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  • Summary: Paradise Now is the story of two young Palestinian men as they embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives. (Warner Independent Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Of all the shocks in the riveting and timely political thriller Paradise Now, the most unsettling may be the dignity bestowed on a pair of prospective Palestinian suicide bombers.
  2. The film is better than the recent "The War Within," which tried for the same things, but ultimately, and perhaps unavoidably, we are left face to face with the unknowable.
  3. The details are intriguing, but ultimately we learn little more about what's in their heads.
  4. 75
    The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.
  5. 70
    While "War Within" takes a deeper, more personal look at its protagonist, Paradise Now is a more ambitious film that better contextualizes its central characters and their politics.
  6. Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, who helmed the excellent "Rana's Wedding," missed the boat on this one. He may have hoped to give a human voice to the suicide bombers, but instead he gave them a misfired movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. DaveB.
    Feb 12, 2006
    Excellent movie. Needs to be seen by all people.
  2. Andres
    Mar 19, 2006
    This definetly has Best foriegn film all over it . A beautifully directed and made film.
  3. SaraM.
    Apr 17, 2006
    Startling and moving. It made me laugh. It made me consider what its like to live a life where you never feel free. It also made me find out more about the occupied territory. as a film, its well played, suspenseful, brilliantly paced, beautifully shot - the repeated image of the two guys smoking was very cool - highly recommended. Collapse
  4. GeorgeM
    Oct 30, 2005
    Powerful, thought provoking drama. This is amongst the best of inernational cinema.
  5. SheilaB.
    May 27, 2006
    This movie provides a glimpse into life on the West Bank (I was particularly amused/fascinated by the obsession with water filters!!--but that must be an important part of daily living there). Anyway, while I empathize with the sense of hopelessness that these men must feel, their "solution" is flawed...and that --despite the filmmaker's (likely) sympathy to their cause--is actually reinforced by this film. Again--this is a look into a life that most reviewing this film do not know, including me. It was done well, and I appreciated it for that reason. Expand
  6. MichaelD.
    Nov 19, 2005
    Paradise Now is a great movie on artistic and political levels. Artistically: A-rated acting, plot devices, cinematography, script, etc. Politically, the movie has a clear moral opposition to the killing of civilians, but thankfully avoids the "terrorists are cowards" superficial approach. He acknowledges the complex oppresion endured by Palestinians. Somehow, he is able to damn the murderious act while simulanteously bowing to its existential inevitability. Expand
  7. IritL.
    Feb 19, 2006
    Two years ago the Israel Film Foundation refused funding for Paradise Now. Here's why Two years ago, the creators of Paradise Now asked the Israel Film Foundation for public funding to help produce the film. They were turned down thanks to a number of reviewers Expand

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