The last time Hany Abu-Assad made a Palestinian feature, it was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. His first since then, Omar, screened at Cannes earlier this week and was greeted with warm reviews from critics.
The Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young praises the filmmakers for rarely needing to 'go overboard to convey a strong emotion'. The plot of Abu-Assad's film is its strongest asset, according to Liam Lacey at The Globe and Mail, Toronto. And Variety's Jay Weissberg calls it a return to form for the director.