Paradise Now
Paradise Now (2005)

Two youths from the Gaza strip are just 48 hours away from becoming the latest suicide bombers. Two young Palestinian men, Khaled and Said, are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score
89%
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User Score
87%



Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This film delves deeply into the minds of suicide bombers, and the result is unsettling.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

... remarkable ...

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.

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Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

Could a more important, relevant and complimentary film to Munich have come out in 2005?

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Very good.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

Abu-Assad does a good job of building tension and showing some of the complexities within Palestinian culture. He has, as they say, put a human face on the Palestinians.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Why commit suicide? You only lose everything. So what's a good reason? What? Revenge. And so this film looks at the motivation of some Palestinian… More
Daniel Perry
Intense, borderline claustrophobic, but all along it felt like something was missing in this film... cinematographically fantastic though, and exciting by… More
Jim Hunter
Two Palestinian would-be suicide bombers get separated after their plot goes wrong. From the Palestinian perspective, there are few films that do their side of… More
Lanning : )
Just out of personal curiosity, I wonder if any of you flixsters miss Gene Siskel as much as I do? Roger Ebert, no offense, buddy, but as someone who has made… More
familiar stranger
Unfortunately, I could neither relate to it, nor did I find it entertaining (but I suppose it wasn't meant to entertain). However, it wasn't too… More
Ross Collins
The perfect riposte to Munich, showing the humanist side to life in Palestine. Two friends face a conflict in their mind against the struggle of the occupation.… More

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