Lebanon (Levanon)
Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful and personal account of war on the front line, writer-director Samuel Maoz takes the viewer inside an Israeli tank to deliver an exhausting, original film.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

We can smell the sweat, urine and diesel fuel in Lebanon. We can taste the exhaust, the metallic tang of explosive fumes from a shell ejected from the cannon.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A filmmaking challenge that a cynic might dismiss as "Das Tank" if it didn't offer a scalding moral challenge in the bargain.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Lebanon is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Both incredibly powerful and completely captivating, it's one of the best films I've ever seen.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while. When one of the characters finally emerges from the tank, you may find yourself as relieved as he is.

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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is a grisly experience, and one of the greatest war films I have ever seen.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Though not as explicitly focused on memory as Waltz with Bashir, Lebanon's style lends its own dredged-from-memory, expressionistic rawness.

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Jonathan F. Richards

There's a bit too much of the tight close-up of sweat- and soot-stained faces trembling with emotion and doubt, but there's no mistaking or escaping this movie's powerful impact.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The limited perspective of the world outside, combined with the claustrophobic, clammy interior of the rumbling tank, immediately generate a tremendous tension, and the film wastes no time in ratcheting up the stress.

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Jeff Beck

It's amazing how much tension can be built up in such a small space.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jack Hawkins
Lebanon is a rehashed addition to the 'War is Hell' genre. It offers nothing new and fails to engage as a large proportion of its audience will be… More
Anthony Lawrie
Lebanon is quite a unique war film in that its shot entirely from the perspective of a turret controller of a tank. This gives the viewer a voyeuristic glance… More
Carlos Magalhães
A suffocating story centered on four Israeli soldiers within a tank moving across an invaded land - isolated from the chaos outside but seeing everything… More
Gordon A
Throws you right into the heart of the madness of war and doesn't shy from showing there are no winners. Chastening tale which makes an excellent companion… More
'Lebanon'. A gritty and visceral look at the war in the 1980s, geniusely directed purely from the viewpoint of a group of soldiers inside one tank,… More
Reza Mohseni
Im sick of these political-war films.Always the same message.All of them are similar with just different locations and names.They should portray war from a new… More