Tel Aviv on Fire

critic Reviews

90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • Thoughtful and well-acted, Tel Aviv on Fire highlights the awful absurdity of war -- and proves it's possible to find humor in the midst of cultural conflict.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jamie LudwigChicago Reader
    A lightweight but smart combination of satire, drama, and rom-com.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nora McGreevyBoston Globe
    One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    Alas, the potential for sharp political satire takes a back seat to small screen spoofery, nudging this more in the direction of Soapdish, rather than Joe Dante's transcendent The Second Civil War.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David LewisSan Francisco Chronicle
    Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Vanessa H. LarsonWashington Post
    In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, "Tel Aviv on Fire" is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt FagerholmRogerEbert.com
    For a film sending up the contrivances of soap operas, it sure is susceptible to remaining within the comfort zone of clichés itself.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    While you may need a scorecard... to unravel all the plot-lines and twists, remember that this is a smart political satire from a very tough neighborhood, where laughs are often hard to come by.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jordi Batlle CaminalFotogramas
    This movie is situated in the hemisphere of The Reports on Sarah and Saleem and many others that try to highlight the conflict between Palestine and Israel, but its novelty is its humor. [Full Review in Spanish]
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Rubén Romero SantosCinemanía (Spain)
    [Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi] put their mark on an intelligent script. [Full review in Spanish]
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt CipollaThe Spool
    [The jokes] poke fun at the torpor Bassam shoves onscreen, and even if they succeed, said bits are shallow and the film confines its characters to a proscenium as a result.
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