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A Jewish-American woman still reeling from her breakup with her Spanish-Israeli fiancée hits the road with a middle-aged Israeli woman, who is looking to collect the 30,000-dollar debt owed to her by her husband's former business partner, and a Palestinian woman, who claims to know the elusive moneyman's whereabouts, in this road-trip drama from Kippur director Amos Gitai. In her efforts to escape the painful memory of her breakup with former fiancée Julio (Aki Avni), Rebecca (Natalie Portman) agrees to accompany Hanna (Hanna Laslo) on her arduous journey through Israel to the Free… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There's an art to ambiguity -- there really is... Left to their own devices, viewers will fill in the blanks, but when the movie starts filling them in itself, you have to wonder about the mismatch."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Much of it is labored and overemphatic."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Portman and the audience are stranded in the middle, on the outside looking in, with nothing to do and patience increasingly wearing thin."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the résumé sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The elder actresses simmer as they warily interact, but the dialogue is more schematic than dramatic..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"An exceptional new film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Without much effort you can imagine the corkboard littered with index cards mapping out the political clashes this cast is asked to act out in their robotic interactions."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The milieu he chooses -- essentially one long, queerly prosaic car ride to nowhere -- robs the film of much of its dramatic force."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"...never seems to gain much emotional traction throughout its meandering female road trip, despite some provocative subject matter."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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