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3.6
111 Ratings

The Idol

Ya Tayr El Tayer

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Palestinian Territory, 2015
Biography, Comedy, Drama
  • Arabic
  • English

Synopsis

A film about the popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, from childhood to adulthood, and his life in Gaza until he won the Arab idol.

Our take

Award-winning director Hany Abu-Assad’s leap to Hollywood last year with The Mountain Between Us was forecast by the success of The Idol, a charming and thoroughly engrossing biopic of the Palestinian singer who won “Arab Idol.” We hope more diverse voices can be given new opportunities.

The Idol Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
An entirely unsurprising underdog yarn nevertheless sculptured with gratifying polish and sincerity… The Idol rolls a bit too smoothly on its rags-to-riches rails, but there’s nothing disingenuous about its celebratory hope.
September 17, 2015
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The movie largely benefits from Abu-Assad’s natural talent for building suspense and rhythm; if the story’s elisions and fabrications occasionally feel too tidy, it more than earns its emotional impact on the strength of its excellent young cast.
September 12, 2015
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The world expects more from this voice than it can give," Mohammed says near film’s end, attempting to underline the point, but unlike Nour, The Idol’s clichés ultimately contain both too little conviction and too little complication, their inspirational messages more imagined than real.
May 01, 2016
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