ABC Africa Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
Despite the locale, ABC Africa is both new and familiar for those who know Kiarostami, and it's a great introduction for those who don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2005
Unexpectedly humane and lovely and not at all preachy.
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
June 24, 2005
There is a sense here of an encroaching darkness humbly met, unburdened by one-note feelings such as fear or joy and simply experienced as a profound moment of enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 9, 2005
An upbeat personal film telling in an amiable touristy way the story of the Ugandan orphans.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 27, 2004
Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 27, 2004
A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 24, 2003
Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope.
| Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 20, 2003
Very much a home video, and so devoid of artifice and purpose that it appears not to have been edited at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 25, 2002
Kiarostami profoundly displays Uganda's life and culture through his touristy pictures, as deceptively simple as the alphabet
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 16, 2002
So muddled, repetitive and ragged that it says far less about the horrifying historical reality than about the filmmaker's characteristic style.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 16, 2002
There are more shots of children smiling for the camera than typical documentary footage which hurts the overall impact of the film. It's makes a better travelogue than movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2002
The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
May 25, 2002
ABC Africa, with its impressionistic style, doesn't provide much in the way of facts ... but it does provide glimpses of the dying.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 21, 2002
The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Anderson
May 13, 2002
The rich and surprising series of 'impressions' that comprise ABC Africa celebrate the orphans' resilience and, even amid such destitution, the richness of human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 4, 2002
A heart-wrenching documentary about the 1.6 million orphans in Uganda whose parents died of AIDS.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 2, 2002
It's a surprisingly uplifting experience, and in the end, unmistakably a Kiarostami film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 2, 2002
You come away from his film overwhelmed, hopeful and, perhaps paradoxically, illuminated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Fulfilling his mandate to make useful publicity, Kiarostami unavoidably expressed himself.
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