Free Zone
Free Zone (2006)

A Jewish-American woman still reeling from her breakup with her Spanish-Israeli fiancée hits the road with a middle-aged Israeli woman, who is looking to collect the 30,000-dollar debt owed to her by her husband's former business… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The symbolism in this cinematic metaphor on conflicts in the Middle East becomes so overbearing that it's hard to care about the characters or their plight.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

There's an art to ambiguity -- there really is... Left to their own devices, viewers will fill in the blanks, but when the movie starts filling them in itself, you have to wonder about the mismatch.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama.

Jordan Hiller

While Portman does outshine everyone and everything on screen and though she certainly gets credit for making the résumé sacrifice in the spirit of embracing her heritage, Free Zone does nothing for her in return

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Without much effort you can imagine the corkboard littered with index cards mapping out the political clashes this cast is asked to act out in their robotic interactions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Crazy ride.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Free Zone" starts with American tourist Rebecca(Natalie Portman) hysterically crying in the backseat of a taxi in Jerusalem.… More

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