Tel Aviv on Fire

critic Reviews

91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score91%
  • 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
    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    The ending could be stronger, but Tel Aviv on Fire does a nice job of integrating laughs into a prickly real-world situation.
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    Ken EisnerGeorgia Straight
    Fortunately, it adds solid comedy to the dynamic, aided by terrific actors familiar from all types of international productions.
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    David NusairReel Film Reviews
    ...a fairly disappointing missed opportunity.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    It might not do much to advance peace in the Middle East, but this witty and charming comedy brings a unique perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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    Dan WebsterSpokesman-Review (Washington)
    If only peace in the Middle East were as easy to achieve as the laughs in Zorabi's satire.
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    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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    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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    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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    Nora McGreevyBoston Globe
    One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might.
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    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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