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  • Summary: A documentary exploring the Middle East conflict and prospects for peace by drawing viewers into the hearts and minds of seven Palestinian and Israeli children from Jerusalem -- those captured by the region's hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. (Promises Project)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Superb, Oscar-nominated documentary.
  2. 88
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
  3. 80
    Timely and informative.
  4. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    80
    Demonstrates the unusual power of thoughtful, subjective filmmaking.
  5. The filmmakers caught the kids arguing their cases like adversaries on "Judge Judy," sticking to phrases they've memorized or absorbed only too well.
  6. 60
    Insightful, Oscar-nominated documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MikeD.
    Mar 2, 2006
    10
    I don't cry during movies. I cried to the point of dehydration in this one. Everyone should see this movie.

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