The Gatekeepers
The Gatekeepers (2013)

Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strikingly stark, brutally honest, and rivetingly assembled, The Gatekeepers offers essential perspective on a seemingly intractable war from some of the men who fought it.

David Thomson
The New Republic

There is a powerful moment in [the film] when Diskin, head of the Shin Bet from 2005 to 2011, candidly remarks that for the Palestinians he is himself a terrorist. That is not relativism but realism, and the welcome sign of an empathetic imagination.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The level of candor here may not satisfy hard-liners of either stripe, but it can help viewers begin to formulate new questions about the philosophical, strategic and moral challenges of conflict, in particular "wars on terror."

Angie Errigo
Metro (UK)

The complexities of the ongoing conflict are addressed with clarity, insight, candour and intimate revelations of personal moral struggles.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film and its talking head participants paint the picture in both broad strokes and fine detail.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Ultimately the movie feels evasive, and its flashy, digitally animated re-creations of military surveillance footage unpleasantly evoke the Call of Duty video games.

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Abby Olcese

No matter your opinion on the Israel-Palestine situation, The Gatekeepers is necessary viewing. It's very impressive that a documentary about Israel's intelligence-gathering organization comes off as neither pro-Israel nor anti-Israel.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Whatever one's political stripe regarding Israel, it's hard to dispute the impressions and perspective of the film's six eyewitnesses.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It offers startlingly honest insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from some of those who called the shots.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

The history is fascinating enough to overcome the film's intrusive digital transitions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
With keen insights that go beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict, "The Gatekeepers" is a very incisive documentary that consists of interviews with six… More
Christopher Haskell
Powerfully candid and sincere, "The Gatekeepers" opens the door of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service, and airs all of its dirty laundry, but… More
Panta Oz
This documentary directed by Dror Moreh tells us the story of the Israeli Shin Bet - Israel's secretive internal security service - from the perspective of… More
Alec Barniskis
If these men find everything they've done to be futile, then I think we can finally stop debating the merits of the War on Terror.