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  • Summary: As a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he had an unexpected change of heart and began to see Hamas as more of a problem than a solution. Recruited by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) and given the code name "Green Prince," he spied on the Hamas elite for over a decade, constantly risking exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people. Along the way, what started as a cautious alliance between Mosab and his Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Yitzhak grew into an enduring loyalty that no one could have predicted. [Music Box Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    The Green Prince is an extraordinary achievement. It has all the suspense of a great espionage yarn, but it's also a powerful moral document that calls into question the tactics of terrorism.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 11, 2014
    80
    More than just a morality tale, The Green Prince is a thrill-a-minute spy caper too strange to be real, though it is.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 9, 2014
    75
    A narrative documentary thriller that effectively employs many elements of a John le Carré spy novel: international intrigue, arresting twists and turns, and characters with complicated motivations.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    If The Green Prince sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller, it is achieved at the cost of a dispassionate objectivity.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    Despite being an aesthetic bore, The Green Prince sets itself apart from the nonfiction pack via a recent story of two unlikely comrades’ heroic sacrifice, moral courage, and cross-cultural dedication to peace that’s not only gripping, but all too timely.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 11, 2014
    63
    Sometimes a great story is enough to overcome mediocre storytelling, and that’s the case with the documentary The Green Prince.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jul 7, 2014
    50
    An extraordinarily engrossing tale becomes an extremely uncinematic experience in the hands of Israeli documentarian Nadav Schirman.

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  1. Sep 15, 2014
    8
    Good movie... good suspense throughout a couple lulls and repetitive scenes but overall i thoroughly enjoyed and thought it was worth seeing and a good piece of history. Expand

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