The Attack
The Attack (2013)

Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman, Paradise Now) is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tense and suspenseful while remaining smart and understated, The Attack honors its complex subject with an intelligent script and captivating performances.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Screenwriters Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma pull quite a few punches here, making the doctor improbably naive about Israeli-Palestinian tensions so that his transformation seems profound.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

It's set up as a descent into the heart of darkness, but it ends up playing out in pallid shades of grey.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

I couldn't help but feel as though Doueiri's movie, however adept and mature, is something of a setup, an all-purpose guilt machine.

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Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Attack" doesn't force us to pick a side. But it does force us to question our outsiders' hope in conciliation.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

Imagine a blissful life taken away: Story of an Arab man who's assimilated into Israeli society but finds out that his wife was a suicide bomber. Nothing new here about the conflict, fair portrayal of the sides, thought provoking without solutions.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A sort of mystery in reverse, 'The Attack' is both a character study and a love story. It's also about terrorism and the driving forces behind catastrophic acts.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

[Doueiri] does a fine job of presenting us with two worlds in conflict: modern, prosperous and progressive Tel Aviv, and Nablus, a city of shadows, squalor and paranoia.

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Noah Gittell
Washington City Paper

The film often seems poised to lean towards didacticism, but Douieri consistently foregoes heavy-handed political statements and stays focused on Amin's personal journey

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A tragic and sad film that explores the complexity of a never-ending conflict through the impossibility of confronting someone for answers when that person is… More
John Ballantine
A very very touching story of a husband coming to grips with the secret deadly life of his wife. The couple represents the many sides of the Palestinian people… More
Bathsheba Monk
Just sad. Amin Jaafari, a Palestinian surgeon, seems to have "made it" by being accepted--personally and professionally--by the elite of Israeli… More
Walter M.
Just before Dr. Amin Jaafari(Ali Suliman) is set to receive a prestigious lifetime award in Tel Aviv, he gets a brief a phone call from his wife Siham(Reymond… More