It combines the emotional impact of great drama with the precision, detail, and context of great journalism, resulting in a vital and rewarding moviegoing experience.
—Jill Hemphill Reel
...fills in the flavor of a nation that defines itself so thoroughly by rituals of defense that life there is now something that just gets in the way.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...that increasingly rare thing: a coming-of-age tale centered on a female friendship that actually feels rooted in the real world.
—Ken Fox TV Guide
...really a study of people coping with excruciating boredom and the absurd aspects of military life.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
...such a small-scale drama that it's hard not to wish it were a little more ambitious.
—Lael Loewenstein Los Angeles Times
Close to Home's femininity is sincere and powerful, but its essence gets lost in the film's striving for a "message."
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
Mirit and Smadar's general lack of politicization provides some commentary on conscription--specifically, the way drafts ensnare the timid and apathetic and, consequently, produce less-than-sterling safeguards against attack--yet it drains the film of any larger impact as a piece about Israeli-Palestinian relations.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
...the movie is formlessly episodic as it meanders from one day to the next, finally losing itself in a forest of coming-of-age clichés.
—Ella Taylor Village Voice