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  • Summary: In 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership. Since then, they’ve made remarkable progress, but the political quagmire threatens to destroy the most promising opportunity for peace in years. [Participant Media] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    May 14, 2013
    80
    The best part of State 194 is its domesticity, its low-key approach to a conflict that has been widely sensationalized in the media.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 16, 2013
    70
    With a two-state solution still elusive, "State 194" may feel a bit like yesterday's news — literally and figuratively. But as an aid to better understanding this vital, complex dispute, the film is definitely worth a look.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 12, 2013
    63
    It too often feels like just one more aesthetically uninspired documentary that gives way in the end to a special round of pleading for its specific cause.
  4. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    May 16, 2013
    60
    This is certainly competent filmmaking, sort of like a long “60 Minutes” segment without the confrontational interview style.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 15, 2013
    58
    As a primer, however, the film does the job, albeit less thoroughly and with more needless digressions than would even a lengthy magazine article on the subject.

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