Waltz with Bashir
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Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary Waltz With Bashir follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Folman was one of those soldiers, but nearly 20 years after the fact, his memories of that night remain particularly hazy. After hearing an old friend recall a vivid nightmare in which he is pursued by 26 ferocious dogs, Folman and his friend conclude that the dream… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Persepolis meets Full Metal Jacket in Ari Folman's powerful and original animated war film."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Special, strange and peculiarly potent."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"As hypnotic as the animation is, it distracts from the film's clear problems."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Despite the director's refusal to come to terms with Israel's role in the Sabra-Shatila massacre, this is a pacifist film that ranks with "Platoon" and other classics."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"As Folman makes peace with his past, he also makes a strong argument against war. Waltz with Bashir is a haunted and haunting film, one that resonates long after the final fadeout."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The look of Waltz with Bashir is what is most arresting. It's a deep, multi-plane style of animation that incorporates photo-real settings, realistic renderings of the people and under-animated movement, especially of faces."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The flatness of the Flash animation keeps visual bombast to a minimum, even during surreal interludes."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Waltz with Bashir uses vivid, hand-drawn animation to bring to life interviews Folman conducted with friends who were involved in the Lebanese war in the early 1980s."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
"Folman's use of animation permits an audience to engage with the events, such as they are recalled, in a way that the simple testimony of those involved could not achieve."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A wholly original and emotionally devastating animated documentary confessional."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Every scene fizzes and crackles with creative charisma as we are carried on an emotional journey of epic proportions."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"[This] investigation into the dark regions of horror, culpability, and memory is all the more powerful because of his film's rueful hilarity."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Visually striking, but there is a significant problem in that Folman and his fellow veterans are presented as victims rather than victimizers."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
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