This gripping Palestinian thriller evokes Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, 2014-04-17
It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-03-13
Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2014-03-07
Abu-Assad offers no solutions here. Instead he paints a portrait of the daily rhythms of the occupation, an endless conflict that has seeped into every aspect of life in the West Bank.
Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times, 2014-02-28
The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-02-28
Abu-Assad has created a convincingly noirish hell that feeds on distrust and vengeance.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2014-02-27
Abu-Assad does a masterful job of showing, in these seemingly hopeless circumstances, the fragility of life.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-02-27
A story of love and betrayal set against political tumult and violence in Palestine, "Omar" is both classic and painfully present in its concerns.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-02-21
Abu-Assad's tale is less a political thriller than it is a human story - although everything about its setting and circumstances is defined by oppression, surveillance, restriction, and control.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-02-21
A tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller with flawed, damaged and not entirely likable characters.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2014-02-20
It is difficult to figure out which is the film's more pressing theme - the power of love to change the course of a life, or the political and social realities of living in occupied territory.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-02-20
It's the sort of film that feels so authentic that even knowing it's a fiction, the morning after seeing it, I found myself scanning headlines to see if there were any new developments.
Bob Mondello, NPR, 2014-02-20
"Omar" does not offer the promise of a just or satisfying resolution, a fatalism all the more devastating given its realistic methods and humane, understated performances.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-02-20
Bakri, a relative newcomer to the big screen, does a superb job of carrying a film in which he appears in nearly every scene.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2014-02-20
A riveting blend of thriller and romance elements, "Omar" grabs you from the very first image.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-02-20
"Omar" is a real thriller, a snake pit of plot twists, in which the perspectives shift, destinations change and the moral universe spins and sways.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2014-02-20
The movie grips us partly because Bakri's performance is alternately casual and calculated.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-02-20