Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are predestined to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide attackers.
Ken Tucker ... remarkable ...
Richard Roeper Very good.
Desson Thomson Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence.
Andrew Sarris I felt that I was no closer to understanding the psychology of suicide bombers than I had been before.
Ella Taylor Paradise Now is an agonized inquiry into the minds of a dispossessed new generation of Palestinians, who come off more introspective and internally divided than you'd think.
J. Hoberman Paradise Now may not succeed in inspiring sympathy for these hapless terrorists, but it does compel an appreciation for the unbearable sense of humiliation that may fuel such acts.
Kirk Honeycutt While nothing truly new or shocking emerges, the film does bring clarity and compassion to its depiction of an act that baffles, angers and sickens people the world over.
Derek Elley [It] lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.