Lebanon (Levanon)
Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)

The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful and personal account of war on the front line, writer-director Samuel Maoz takes the viewer inside an Israeli tank to deliver an exhausting, original film.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

We can smell the sweat, urine and diesel fuel in Lebanon. We can taste the exhaust, the metallic tang of explosive fumes from a shell ejected from the cannon.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A filmmaking challenge that a cynic might dismiss as "Das Tank" if it didn't offer a scalding moral challenge in the bargain.

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Andrew Tracy
Cinema Scope

For all its grim purposefulness Lebanon is aimless and adrift, its rigorous fidelity to its central gimmick -- and ultimately it is nothing more than this -- effacing any true contemplation of the experience, or the representation, of combat.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while. When one of the characters finally emerges from the tank, you may find yourself as relieved as he is.

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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is a grisly experience, and one of the greatest war films I have ever seen.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Lebanon" is merely another commendable antiwar movie.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

There's a bit too much of the tight close-up of sweat- and soot-stained faces trembling with emotion and doubt, but there's no mistaking or escaping this movie's powerful impact.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The limited perspective of the world outside, combined with the claustrophobic, clammy interior of the rumbling tank, immediately generate a tremendous tension, and the film wastes no time in ratcheting up the stress.

Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Lebanon is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Both incredibly powerful and completely captivating, it's one of the best films I've ever seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A suffocating and complex war movie shot entirely in a tank to depict the personal impact of a conflict and centered on four Israeli soldiers within the vehicle… More
Gordon Anderson
Throws you right into the heart of the madness of war and doesn't shy from showing there are no winners. Chastening tale which makes an excellent companion… More
Jack Hawkins
Lebanon is a rehashed addition to the 'War is Hell' genre. It offers nothing new and fails to engage as a large proportion of its audience will be… More
Reza Mohseni
Im sick of these political-war films.Always the same message.All of them are similar with just different locations and names.They should portray war from a new… More
c0up  
'Lebanon'. A gritty and visceral look at the war in the 1980s, geniusely directed purely from the viewpoint of a group of soldiers inside one tank,… More
Neum Daddy
A film fraught with shameless war clichés that seems to arc toward genuine tension and intrigue, and then ending when you think the film is about to get good.… More