Waltz with Bashir
Waltz with Bashir (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, Waltz With Bashir delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Persepolis meets Full Metal Jacket in Ari Folman's powerful and original animated war film.

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Leslie Felperin

Special, strange and peculiarly potent.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

The movie's aesthetic and narrative confusion are as much products of a muddled, if just barely successful, approach as it is of Folman's search among the ruins of his memory.

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David Ansen

These depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power that can stand alongside those of Apocalypse Now.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Will Leitch

As hypnotic as the animation is, it distracts from the film's clear problems.

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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine

The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A wholly original and emotionally devastating animated documentary confessional.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The flatness of the Flash animation keeps visual bombast to a minimum, even during surreal interludes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This animated movie tells the story of a film-maker visiting former comrades from the time of Isreali-Palestinian war. For some reasons, Ari does not remember… More
Mark Walker
The Israel & Palestine conflict never makes an easy topic for discussion. It tends to split people, and split quite passionately. This however, doesn't… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary (possibly made out of guilt) that artfully accounts the filmmaker's forgotten, but haunting memory of the 1982… More
Jim Hunter
Before I begin, I must note that this film and, to some degree, this review are not for those who don't know the history of the Lebanon/Israel War of the… More
Michael S
Lavish and innovative animation only strengthen what is a bold and hard hitting document of the atrocities of war and the toll conflict takes on the mindset of… More
Conner Rainwater
I want to say that this is the finest line between fiction and reality that there is. Documentaries are never this beautiful and poetic in nature, Ari Folman… More