Waltz with Bashir Reviews

  • Extraordinary and painfully timely.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir is a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • An extraordinary film - a military sortie into the past in which both we and Folman are embedded like traumatised reporters.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Waltz With Bashir, a movie about memory, is as devious and subversive as it is brilliant and nightmarish.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • The film, devastating and distressing in equal measure, widens in meaning as it narrows in scope.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir is an absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful accounts of war, shaky remembrance and rock-solid repression.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The film looks ripped straight from Folman's psyche and placed in a theater near you.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It's a fearless and unblinking march into the heart of one man's darkness and the pain and anguish of generations and nations.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • It is powerful because this work of art also provides such a cautionary tale about the psychic burdens young soldiers carry deep inside them decades after they've laid down their weapons.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Its fluid boundary between the real and surreal lifts it into the realm of myth.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • A movie so unusual that it overflows any box in which you try to contain it.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Folman is an Israeli documentarian who has not worked in animation. Now he uses it as the best way to reconstruct memories, fantasies, hallucinations, possibilities, past and present. This film would be nearly impossible to make any other way.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • An extraordinary achievement, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir is a detective story as well as an moral inquiry into the specific horrors of one war, and one man's buried memories of that war.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Animation may be the ideal medium for replicating dreams, and in this unsettling feature by Ari Folman it also proves well suited to autobiography.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Bashir wasn't healing for me. On the contrary, it leaves much unresolved, but in the pacifist, passive horror recovered by its amnesiacs, I found it stunning -- in both meanings of the word -- and emotionally cathartic.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • If you expect documentaries to be dry doctoral dissertations with talking heads and archival film footage, prepare to be electrified.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A wholly original and emotionally devastating animated documentary confessional.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Complex, challenging and at times difficult to watch, Waltz With Bashir is nevertheless wholly unique, unquestionably powerful and, ultimately, a devastating indictment of war and its effects on its victims and its participants.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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