Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
Watch On
  1. At times too movieish, yet Ashkenazi creates a memorable figure: a spy who operates - admirably - out of the most unyielding nationalist conviction, only to learn that he needs to let some of that conviction go.
  2. 80
    Its suggestion that Israel, of all nations, should know better than to persecute minorities within and across its borders, give the film a thrilling universal appeal.
  3. 80
    Fox keeps the suspense story at a low boil throughout, allowing the politics to emerge as the characters deepen.
  4. It denotes a minor movie miracle: how with intelligence, imagination and craft a small film can work in really large ways.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    80
    The uniformly excellent performances feel real and familiar.
  6. Compassionate and marvelously acted, although a subplot about the gay grandson slows the story down for a while.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    There’s something happening here and it isn’t exactly clear. What is clear is that Eytan Fox may yet make a great film for the 21st century.
  8. Remains gripping until the final 15 minutes, when a series of sudden, unjustified plot twists leave us shaking our heads.
  9. Though it is marred by an implausible climax and a cloying conclusion, this movie's quiet intelligence sneaks up on you, marking the director as a talent to watch.
  10. The new Israeli film Walk on Water is complex and paradoxical, at times frustrating but always involving. Something like the country that produced it.
  11. All political thrillers, good or less good, have moral implications...Walk on Water, one of the better ones, has grave moral implications and does not ignore them or merely utilize them.
  12. Explores a wealth of issues and conflicting ideologies.
  13. Fox's film seems to say that the kind of saintly purity that would enable one to walk on water -- or to kill with impunity and without repercussions -- doesn't exist.
  14. 67
    Though its characters aren't terribly complex, and its plot holds few surprises, the screenplay (in English, German, and Hebrew) amounts to a worthy treatise on the need to forgo revenge.
  15. The film nearly drowns in earnest morality.
  16. Reviewed by: Ellen Fox
    63
    Despite the film's pat plot turns and instructional tone, there are moments of charm, thanks to the fetching, committed cast.
  17. The Israeli film works best in isolated spots early on as a series of intriguing character studies. Upon reaching to become a lesson to the world, however, Walk on Water goes off the deep end.
  18. 63
    An unexpected ode to peace.
  19. 63
    Unfortunately for Fox, the softer his movie gets, the more Ashkenazi and Berger grow to resemble Ben Stiller and Ashton Kutcher in some unreleased, homo-erotic comic romance.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Fox falters a bit with the narrative, but offers a fascinating treatment of the issues facing the descendents of Jewish victims and their German persecutors, as well as one of the most chilling birthday parties ever filmed.
  21. Well-meaning but implausible story.
  22. 60
    When it unexpectedly shifts back into its initial thriller mode, Walk On Water loses in human drama what it gains in tidiness, revealing itself as a film that carries more weight in its light scenes than its heavy moments can sustain.
  23. Despite its flaws, Walk on Water is a sometimes engaging story of emotional opposites who become mystifyingly attracted to each other.
  24. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    Attempts the miraculous but achieves the adequate.
  25. 50
    Fox can't decide if Walk on Water is a terrorist thriller or a gay buddy story, and neither can the viewer.
  26. 50
    The complex questions Walk on Water raises receive only confused answers.
  27. 40
    Walk on Water makes you wonder what the Mossad is teaching its field agents these days.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    9
    A good example of the current (i.e. post-2000) manner of treating gay characters in feature films. They're there, in the same way thatA good example of the current (i.e. post-2000) manner of treating gay characters in feature films. They're there, in the same way that straight men and women and the old and minority groups and children are there: all part of the palette drawn on by the writer and director, but not central to the action *because* they're gay. Convincing performances by all involved in this movie, which is very much worth seeing; amazingly for action films these days, there's not much violence and not much nudity. Full Review »
  2. JaideepP.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    Excellent movie, really well done. Tackles an interesting issue from multiple angles. The relevance of the Nazi era to modern Israelis, Excellent movie, really well done. Tackles an interesting issue from multiple angles. The relevance of the Nazi era to modern Israelis, nationalism, fear of the enemy, German self-image regarding WW II...Balanced, realistic. Full Review »
  3. patb.
    May 15, 2006
    9
    This movie wasn't supposed to answer questions--it was supposed to raise them. It had a wide scope, difficult to address, perhaps, in This movie wasn't supposed to answer questions--it was supposed to raise them. It had a wide scope, difficult to address, perhaps, in one film, but it certainly should make people think and feel, the result of any good film. Full Review »