Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 13, 2012
    100
    Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this is the second superb Israeli documentary (after "The Gatekeepers") to come to town in less than a month and deal fearlessly with an aspect of that country's legal and political system.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 16, 2012
    88
    The Law in These Parts more than accomplishes its goal of provoking a discussion about imposing laws on people who have no say in making them.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jan 17, 2013
    75
    This complex, fascinating documentary breaks new ground by focusing on the legal types who have administered, and justified, the occupation over the decades.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Nov 14, 2012
    88
    A film for those who, whether here or in Israel, believe the law is the beginning, and not the end, of rights discourse.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 12, 2012
    75
    But while the facts cherry-picked by Alexandrowicz won't surprise anyone who's paid even the slightest attention to what's been going on in the Middle East for the last four decades, the direct inquiries into who should be classified as a "soldier" and who a "terrorist" is still bracing (and relevant to more than just the Israelis).
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 16, 2012
    80
    Ra'anan Alexandroricz's documentary uses a simple framework - a starkly photographed series of interviews with nine retired judges and lawyers instrumental in administering the often arbitrary laws - to deliver a provocative examination of the nature of justice.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Nov 14, 2012
    80
    By keeping its focus admirably tight, the sober and sobering Israeli documentary The Law in These Parts presents a devastating case against the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 13, 2012
    60
    Justice is blind - but there are cases where fingers start weighing down the scales. That's the j'accuse that Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's documentary puts forth regarding Israel's rule of law in its post-'67 occupied territories.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Nov 12, 2012
    80
    Adopting a postmodern method quite different from that of his remarkable "The Inner Tour," Ra'anan Alexandrowicz poses his questions from a legal angle, and finds these minds stumped by a system they've professionally defended.
  10. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 13, 2012
    60
    Dialectical and precise to the point of exhaustion, The Law in These Parts applies a cold anger to one of the geopolitical world's most passionate discords.

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