Bhutto Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
...the subjects of this documentary are incredibly complex and the film covers them at a hurried pace...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 5, 2011
a trenchant precis on global politics played out on very personal level
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 9, 2011
Filmmakers Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara present a stirring biographical documentary about Benazir Bhutto, one of history's most fascinating and tragic political leaders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 28, 2011
If you know only sketchy details about her life, as I did, it's a great introduction. But if you want more than that, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2011
While their subject is fascinating and her nation's role in propping up the Taliban has had repercussions from New York to India, the filmmakers don't find a straightforward way to tell Bhutto's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 24, 2011
If screenwriters dared to put a woman through the ordeals that Benazir Bhutto faced, half the audience would refuse to believe it.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 7, 2011
A complete and compelling portrait of a woman determined to defy the odds and become a true leader in the Muslim world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
December 18, 2010
Succeeds beautifully as a kind of protracted CNN-style elegy: All the key points are alighted upon and no sensitive buttons are fingered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Washington Post
December 17, 2010
An exhaustive, if sometimes exhausting, look at a larger-than-life figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
December 16, 2010
At one point, Bhutto says she wants to avenge her father's death. "Bhutto'' proves she did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 13, 2010
A bit of a glossy perspective on Benazir Bhutto but a vital and frank portrayal of Pakistan as an emerging world power.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Mike Hale
New York Times
December 3, 2010
While the film gives us a strong sense of Bhutto's personality and strength,...it can only suggest the daily family and political machinations that were her reality, and leaves no clear sense of the truth of the corruption charges that dogged her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 3, 2010
Even with the glorification of Benazir Bhutto as a martyr to democracy, the personalizing of . . . this tinderbox helps make Pakistan's . . .politics more comprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010
Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 2, 2010
A powerfully effective documentary on the astonishing life and democratic vision of Pakistan's first female prime minister.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
December 1, 2010
O'Hara's doc not only recounts the leader's life and career; it also offers a fascinating look back at the history of her troubled nation, wisely placing its current political volatility in an easily graspable context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 30, 2010
In this case, hero worship just might be justified.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 30, 2010
Bhutto conveys a forceful sense of tectonic social and geopolitical shifts, as well as the courageous, heartbreaking personal sacrifices its subject made in service to both her homeland and ideals.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
October 30, 2010
This is a strong effort with a riveting protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
As much a history of modern Pakistan as a portrait of the political dynasty that periodically led the country over two decades, Bhutto offers a complex and sometimes confounding perspective on its titular family.
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