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From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award (C) nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"The director injects some showy images into the mix but, without a defined frame for Schnabel to paint in, "Miral" is an unholy mess."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"How can you appeal to both sides when you tell only one side's story?"
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This is what happens when a self-serious movie artist tries to impress his girlfriend."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Schnabel dedicates Miral to "everyone on both sides who still believes peace is possible"-a noble sentiment, to be sure, but will anyone on either side really see themselves reflected in such a simplistic, ham-fisted treatment?"
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"[T]here are plenty of nonpolitical reasons to frown upon Miral: it's simply not a very engaging film, even to those sympathetic to the Palestinian cause..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"What "Miral" lacks in performance art, Schnabel attempts to replace with design."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
""Miral's" agenda doesn't play to Schnabel's strengths. His best work on film is bold-stroke portraiture, evoking complicated personalities and emotions with dynamic, dreamlike imagery."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Miral overrides its screenwriting flaws with Schnabel's uncanny sense of film art."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Though it self-evidently has a Message about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, [it] makes virtually no effort to clearly explain what that Message is."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Might have been better as a documentary."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Miral has the pedigree, the attitude, the weighty subject matter. It's just not much of a movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a miniseries awkwardly stuffed in the body of a two-hour drama about the Palestinians' long struggle against the Israelis."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"...sporadically engrossing yet thoroughly uneven..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A mess."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"...if you're going to ask the audience to piece together the meaning of a scene for themselves, don't cue the conclusion with a soundtrack full of familiar emotional cues."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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