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Tel Aviv on Fire

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92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score92%
  • 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
    M. FaustThe Public (Buffalo)
    It's not big on belly laughs, but its genial illustration of the belief that all of these people are more similar than they are different makes it a most pleasant way to spend 100 minutes.
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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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    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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    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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    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
    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    If Jared Kushner wants to achieve his assigned goal of bringing peace to the Middle East, he could learn a lot from "Tel Aviv on Fire." So could you.
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    Stephen SchaeferBoston Herald
    [Sameh Zoabi] deftly illustrates how art - even if a daily soap that traffics in clichés and stereotypes could ever be considered "art" - affects people's lives, dreams and self-image.
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    Cate MarquisSt. Louis Jewish Light
    Sometimes the humor gets a little over the top, but somehow that seems right for a comedy about a soap opera.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    Salam had me rooting for him throughout.
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