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A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Actors: Neemeh Khalil , Asma Al Shiukhy , Vanessa Redgrave , Willem Dafoe , Hiam Abbass , Freida Pinto , Jamil Khoury
Directors: Julian Schnabel
Release: 2010-09-03
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Confused? So is Miral, a film that makes bits and pieces of the Palestinian experience come alive without assembling them into a coherent vision.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Miral feels like gastric bypass moviemaking. It's a miniseries awkwardly stuffed in the body of a two-hour drama about the Palestinians' long struggle against the Israelis.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Bogged down by speechifying and a plodding pace, Miral is well-intentioned but doesn't achieve the searing emotional resonance suggested by the story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Any film as politically specific as Miral needs to be addressed on two levels, as a movie and as, from a certain viewpoint, a polemic. If a viewer can separate one from the other - and some may not - there's an intense, novelistic drama here.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hughes

    Schnabel doesn't comes close to the quiet power of his last feature, "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly," delivering a story that can't match the scope or scale of Rula Jebreal's source material.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This story of a girl growing up in the occupied territories never finds its footing.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    Schnabel and his collaborators get points for taking on a crucial and underrepresented viewpoint. If only the result were more compelling.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Miral stumbles, both thematically and stylistically. The two things that undermine the director's balance? Peace and love.

    NPR Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It isn't the shifting narrative focus of Miral that's the problem, nor is it the purposefully provocative pro-Palestinian perspective. It's Jebreal's screenplay, which uses every scene as a vehicle for delivering news headlines or condensed political rhetoric, and seems incapable of capturing a specific emotion or an individual personality. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    To say that Mr. Schnabel's film is innocuous is not to say that it's any good. 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Dramatically but unevenly explores the lives of four Palestinian women during the years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Schnabel's signature blend of splintered storytelling and sobering humanism feels misapplied to this sweeping multigenerational saga.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    So much of Abbas' dialogue consists of stiff platitudes (the script is by journalist Rula Jebreal, based on her novel of the same name); the character she's playing has been reduced to a dull, saintly figure, and not even Abbas can find a way out of that miniature prison.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    A perfectly boring movie from Julian Schnabel - is it possible?

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Miral is a very flat, fuddled movie, an at-odds-with-itself partisan work, its convictions diffused in a warm soak of style.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
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  • 1940s

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  • 1980s

  • 1990s

  • singing on bus

  • palestine

  • middle east

  • father daughter relationship

  • teacher student relationship

  • girls' school

  • resistance fighter

  • loss of loved one

  • israeli occupation

  • refugee

  • orphan

  • funeral procession

  • israel

  • boyfriend girlfriend relationship

  • exploding car

  • jerusalem israel

  • one word title

  • multiple time frames

  • reference to the rolling stones