The Time That Remains

  • Release Date: Jan 7, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 8, 2011
    Suleiman's most poignant moments are largely wordless. Nothing feels more affecting than Suleiman's ubiquitous frozen stare. Although he never utters a sound, his silence speaks volumes about the inability to resolve the social ramifications of Middle Eastern strife.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 13, 2011
    By making the jokes more personal, Suleiman charts the process by which the concept of "home" loses its meaning.
  3. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jan 10, 2011
    This is typical Suleiman, as anyone who saw his no less wondrous work "Divine Intervention" (2002), can testify.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 6, 2011
    The Time That Remains has the scope of a historical epic with none of the expected heaviness.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 4, 2011
    Suleiman can be criticized for failing, ever so slightly, at crafting an overall structure-his latest, based on his dad's diary and other memories, is an autobiographical story of exile and return that skips like a stone over water, fleetly but not so deeply. Still, this is a welcome example of kitsch wedded to serious indictment.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Jan 4, 2011
    As in "Divine," there's an uneven quality to Suleiman's often surreal ideas, but in general there are way more hits than misses this time round, some of them laugh-out-loud.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Jan 4, 2011
    Suleiman's a more assured director than he is a comedian. But individual, Tati-worthy gags still have great power.
  8. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 3, 2011
    A touching and insightful black comedy that gracefully spans sixty years.
  9. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 3, 2011
    Some of the movie probably will mystify viewers not steeped in Middle Eastern history and culture, but a good deal of the humor can be appreciated by anybody.
  10. 75
    Living in a part of the world where politics, and the pursuit of politics by warring means, are the rule, director Elia Suleiman is the exception.
  11. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 7, 2011
    Don't expect guffaw-inducing comedy, but rather deadpan humor in the style of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Jan 10, 2011
    Blend of sardonic humor and bitter poetry.
  13. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Jan 19, 2011
    At best, his poker-faced vignettes nail the icy comedy of war: A man chats on his cell phone, unworried about a tank targeting him a few feet away. At worst, they're totally opaque and unmoving.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 7, 2011
    Unfortunately, the stylistic repetition and intensely one-sided viewpoint only undermine his (Suleiman) goal.

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