The Other Son
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"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. (c) Cohen Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is easy to imagine other, darker, results after the opening accident, but Levy's film, pitched firmly as if it were the only possibility, makes it seem so."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"In the end, it seems, this is not a story about two families, and two lands. It's a story about one family, and one world."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The ancient question of nature versus nurture is dramatically explored in "The Other Son," a memorable film about the concept of two infants being accidentally switched at birth."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Somehow Levy - and her actors - avoid sentimentality and trite homilies. The Other Son explores the age-old nature vs. nurture divide, and ends up as refutation of ignorance and hate."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film goes to great lengths to make us believe its premise, and then use it to make a humane and surprisingly hopeful film about Israeli-Palestinian relations."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A humane but emotionally anemic message movie whose dramatic craft doesn't live up to its good intentions."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The Other Son is a hopeful, affective humanistic drama; infused with the incalculable weight of ideology and history."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Some have accused Levy's pic of naïvete, and yet this isn't trying to make bold, heavy political statements, as the director is more interested in the human side of a perhaps unlikely but intriguing plot set-up."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"Lévy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The intention here is plain - we are all human, we can all be family - but Levy weaves the mix of identity crises, cultural mingling and common ground slyly."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This moving, emotionally concise human drama is easily one of the most remarkable films about the unending conflict in the Middle East."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The Other Son is an interesting, life-affirming story."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"At times, certain supporting characters come off as mouthpieces for political points of view, but Levy isn't making a polemic, and her ultimate message is positive and humane."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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