The Insult (L'insulte)
The Insult (L'insulte) (2018)

In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 12, 2018
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Insult fairly hurtles along, throwing not just Muslims against Christians, but also husbands against wives and fathers against daughters. Part of the film is a crackerjack courtroom drama. What's dull is the trajectory.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

What works gradually, cumulatively and quite brilliantly, though, is a kind of bigger-bang theory that depicts parallel universes of anger and hurt growing out of the gutter kerfuffle.

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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

A tense courtroom thriller, revolving around the notion of sincerity versus stability.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The Insult is an honest and affecting argument for empathy, led by two excellent performances.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

An engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie ...

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Louis Proyect
Counterpunch.org

Rotten much more for the politics than for the narrative skill. I'd advise waiting for it to show up on HBO, especially if you understand civil war in terms of social conflict rather than as a Hatfield-McCoy feud.

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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com

The year is not even two weeks old but it already has one electrifyingly brilliant film to its credit.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Gripping entertainment, passionate and humane, fascinating in the particulars of its court proceedings and political maneuvering, convincing in its insistence that a dumb fight over a leaking gutter could upend a fractious country.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... crafts a compelling framework to discuss lingering Middle East tensions and sociopolitical issues that are felt around the world.

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