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Beaufort

In the final days of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, a band of soldiers prepares for the evacuation of a mountain stronghold called Beaufort. Their leader is 22-year-old Liberti (Oshri Cohen), whose strict adherence to the rules puts the men in harm's way. As the evacuation draws near, Hezbollah steps up its attack, testing Liberti's mettle and the men's allegiance to him. Eli Altonio co-stars in director Joseph Cedar's Oscar-nominated film.
Netflix Rating: 3.2
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 88%
Critics' score: 86   Audience score: 70   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Although there's muted criticism here of military strategy, script endeavors to maintain a politically neutral stance, sticking to the ground soldiers' points of view, rendered convincingly here by cast and third-time helmer Joseph Cedar. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one. full review

Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail

As long as soldiers have gone into battle they have struggled with the rightness of their actions and their purpose in the field -- no matter how firm their resolve at the outset. full review

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

[A] blistering antiwar film. full review

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important. full review

[Director Joseph] Cedar gives a surreal, dreamlike quality to many scenes, underscoring the soldiers' isolation. full review

Nell Minow, Denver Post

Pro-war audiences on both sides will find Joseph Cedar's vision irresponsible. I think Beaufort captures a higher irresponsibility. full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

One of the strongest examples yet of a fearless new wave that has made Israel's cinema a force on the international scene. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The audience becomes disheartened long before the protagonist does, and so a full hour before the movie has ended, the audience has received the message, digested it and is ready for the fadeout. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Cedar, who was born in New York and now lives in Israel, has a mission of his own: to show the folly of war. He succeeds, even if the claustrophobic filming sometimes makes viewers feel as closed in as the Israeli troops. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Beaufort may be, strictly speaking, a war movie, but for long stretches it feels more like science fiction.

A.O. Scott, New York Times

Adapting his spare, intense, award-winning film from the novel by Israeli TV programmer Ron Leshem, Joseph Cedar has created a movie of tremendous power -- nerve-racking, astute, and neutral enough to apply to all soldiers, in all wars, everywhere. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

a profound exploration of identity, meaning and human struggles in all times and places. full review

Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
full review by Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
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