The Gatekeepers
The Gatekeepers (2013)

Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 9, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strikingly stark, brutally honest, and rivetingly assembled, The Gatekeepers offers essential perspective on a seemingly intractable war from some of the men who fought it.

David Thomson
The New Republic

There is a powerful moment in [the film] when Diskin, head of the Shin Bet from 2005 to 2011, candidly remarks that for the Palestinians he is himself a terrorist. That is not relativism but realism, and the welcome sign of an empathetic imagination.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The level of candor here may not satisfy hard-liners of either stripe, but it can help viewers begin to formulate new questions about the philosophical, strategic and moral challenges of conflict, in particular "wars on terror."

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Jim Schembri
3AW

The film bravely pulls focus on Israel's behaviour as an occupying power, the treatment of the Palestinians and joins the growing list of recent films that cast a critical eye over a subject that was once deemed too thorny to question.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film and its talking head participants paint the picture in both broad strokes and fine detail.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Ultimately the movie feels evasive, and its flashy, digitally animated re-creations of military surveillance footage unpleasantly evoke the Call of Duty video games.

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Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist

This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic so volatile it feels like it's just waiting to explode. And as a film, it's effective - for the most part.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Whatever one's political stripe regarding Israel, it's hard to dispute the impressions and perspective of the film's six eyewitnesses.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

It offers startlingly honest insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from some of those who called the shots.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Dror Moreh's documentary is remarkable not for stylistic innovation but for the very fact it exists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
The Gatekeepers is a candid talking heads style documentary that interviews all the surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency. The level… More
Alec Barniskis
If these men find everything they've done to be futile, then I think we can finally stop debating the merits of the War on Terror.
Walter M.
With keen insights that go beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict, "The Gatekeepers" is a very incisive documentary that consists of interviews with six… More
Christopher Haskell
Powerfully candid and sincere, "The Gatekeepers" opens the door of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service, and airs all of its dirty laundry, but… More
Panta Oz
This documentary directed by Dror Moreh tells us the story of the Israeli Shin Bet - Israel's secretive internal security service - from the perspective of… More