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Paradise Now

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Hany Abu-Assad

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About the Movie

"Paradise Now" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 100
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Paradise catches and keeps your attention because of its daring subject, real-life backdrops and the intensity of its actors. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The film captures the bleakness of the West Bank and, more powerfully, shows us lives so grim that the thought of paradise now seems enticing. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Certainly what Said says will not come as a surprise to any Israeli. It's simply that they disagree. We may disagree, too, and yet watch the film with a fearsome fascination. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A View from the Other Side

It troubles me that the only other review of this film was so negative. A far more accurate appraisal is to say that this film provides a seldom seen glimpse of the other side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is significant more so however in that it does not really levy any judgement on the actions of either side, but instead provides a fairly objective look at the situation. There can be no doubt this film will anger a great many viewers who hold strong opinions concerning the conflict, however that is only because it serves to remind us that the conflict is anything but simply understood.

Briliant movie!

It is a phisycological movie that allows you to enter the mind of the character Said and makes you understand what motivates him to do such a terrible act. In the end, we find that he was only one more victim of the system. After this, we need to review all our concepts.


A great perspective from the other side.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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