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The Square (2013)

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Critic Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.

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The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.(c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Yasmin Kamal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2015
Box Office: $88.6k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Square

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (18)

Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
Denver Post
Top Critic

If the resulting film is unwieldy - five editors, five "additional editors," and six assistant editors are credited - it also brims with angry urgency.

Full Review… | January 17, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I'm not sure we'll ever get closer than "The Square," an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background.

Full Review… | January 13, 2014
NPR
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Audience Reviews for The Square

½

The direction is not flawless, with the camera constantly going out of focus, but this essential film remains an inspiring testament to the power of protests and the voice of the people, especially in times when rebellions ought to come up everywhere against abusive regimes.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

For what it is, "The Square" will attract many viewers solely based on it's true display of young adults fighting for their right to freedom in many areas of life. The imagery is brutally realistic and almost made me look away. I give props to these guys for making such a touchy film, but they pulled it off. It is a bit boring, and much of the same questions are asked and answered multiple times, but it is a very effective film that will be in my head for a while. The imagery has scarred my brain. I just cannot believe how some people in the world behave. Overall, it is a well put together film that deserves it's nominations. Displayed first through Netflix, this opened the film to many viewers around the world. I honestly cannot recommend this film, and I will never watch it again, but I admired it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Most importantly, "The Square" brings cohesion and clarity to the story of Egypt's ongoing revolution since the Arab Spring that began nearly 3 years ago today. The film is structured into chapters of each power-shifting protest that has made its way into western media over the past few years, and we follow a few revolutionaries to get their perspectives on the reasons of each protest movement and their thoughts on the aftermath. Their words are as perceptive and inspirational as the footage shown of their fellow Egyptians, and by the end this documentary makes a cautionary and exciting case for both the future of Egypt and of ours as a global community. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "You will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be."

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

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