Paradise Now
Paradise Now (2005)

Two youths from the Gaza strip are just 48 hours away from becoming the latest suicide bombers. Two young Palestinian men, Khaled and Said, are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This film delves deeply into the minds of suicide bombers, and the result is unsettling.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

... it says more about Middle Eastern politics from the Palestinian side than any movie, period.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination.

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Victoria Segal
New Statesman

... it has the great advantage of letting an audience feel it is seeing things it would otherwise never see.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

... remarkable ...

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A risk-taking but enlightening film that takes the novel approach of examining the Israeli-Arab impasse from the perspective of the Palestinians.

Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

If you actually see it, you'll find this look inside the minds of two terrorists both fascinating and frightening.

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James Berardinelli

The film offers food for thought, and reminds us that, in any war, one who understands the mindset of his opponent gains an important tactical advantage.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Very good.

Fernando F. Croce

The filmmaker keeps the thorny issues under control

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Why commit suicide? You only lose everything. So what's a good reason? What? Revenge. And so this film looks at the motivation of some Palestinian… More
Daniel Perry
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Jim Hunter
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Unfortunately, I could neither relate to it, nor did I find it entertaining (but I suppose it wasn't meant to entertain). However, it wasn't too… More
Ross Collins
The perfect riposte to Munich, showing the humanist side to life in Palestine. Two friends face a conflict in their mind against the struggle of the occupation.… More