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Miral Reviews

April 15, 2011
The director injects some showy images into the mix but, without a defined frame for Schnabel to paint in, "Miral" is an unholy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
What "Miral" lacks in performance art, Schnabel attempts to replace with design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2011
Miral has the pedigree, the attitude, the weighty subject matter. It's just not much of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 1, 2011
How can you appeal to both sides when you tell only one side's story?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2011
It's a miniseries awkwardly stuffed in the body of a two-hour drama about the Palestinians' long struggle against the Israelis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2011
...is [Schnabel] being this indulgent because he can't fully engage the noncommittal material, or are we just noticing the indulgences more because the material's so noncommittal?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 25, 2011
Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in "Miral."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 25, 2011
The last thing propaganda should do is make its audience work. "Miral" is a lot of work.
March 25, 2011
The film seeks to humanize a seemingly unwinnable conflict, and it succeeds at that. But stepping back sadly weakens its story as well as its politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 24, 2011
Miral plays like an art project that took a wrong turn somewhere between Soho and Ramallah. It seems the Middle East is unstable ground not just for diplomats, but for aesthetes as well.
March 24, 2011
Like so many other well-intentioned movies about politically contentious issues, it is hobbled by its own sincerity and undone by a confused aesthetic agenda.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2011
The film aspires to be epic, spanning 1947 to 1994, but the stories don't always cohere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2011
The lack of a compelling lead figure, combined with Schnabel's tentative approach to the material, casts the film's later stretches in the balmy glow of soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
March 24, 2011
Schnabel seems cowed by his subject matter, and it doesn't help that Jebreal adapted her own book. There's no one to impose a shape on the film...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 24, 2011
Schnabel's attempt at depicting this longtime, bloody friction from the Palestinian point of view -- and with a conciliatory tone -- is admirable; if only it had been more compelling.
March 23, 2011
At once open-eyed and myopic, skillful and meandering...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 23, 2011
When Tom Waits starts croaking on the soundtrack, hipster exhaustion becomes crippling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2011
Miral is a very flat, fuddled movie, an at-odds-with-itself partisan work, its convictions diffused in a warm soak of style.
March 21, 2011
Schnabel's signature blend of splintered storytelling and sobering humanism feels misapplied to this sweeping multigenerational saga of four Arab women living under Israeli occupation.
December 8, 2010
[A] sincere but plodding examination of four women whose lives are affected by the time and place they live in.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2010
The focus is fatally divided from the outset and Freida Pinto looks uneasy and miscast as Miral herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 2, 2010
I kept wondering how this pie-eyed tract, which spends two hours proclaiming the obvious about peace, entente and togetherness, could be made any more windily trite. I couldn't think of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 2, 2010
Is this a joke? Or a film art 'happening'?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 1, 2010
There's an appropriate, dreamlike quality to the imagery, but 'Miral' doesn't have the vital, searing sense of autobiography that it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 3, 2010
The strength and importance of Miral lies in its vantage point. Schnabel is offering viewers a perspective on the Middle East that they are unlikely to have seen before in other mainstream movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2010
A political film with a message of hope, on the obvious side.