Guelwaar Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2003
The film is astonishingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 1, 2013
Sembčne, with a tense restraint, evokes a dependent country that maintains its dignity through nationalist pomp and local pride, and portrays one long-suffering family that bears Senegal's burdens in microcosm.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2003
Alternately wise and very funny in its treatment of tribalism and in its grasp of neocolonial corruption.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 24, 2003
Through Sembčne's wry attention to detail, we observe a great many things about village life that would otherwise pass unnoticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
May 24, 2003
Sembene is hardly a didactic director and in fact invests his characters with such complexities that they are sometimes compromised.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 24, 2003
A rich, vivid and universal portrait of a community that is revealed fully as it reacts to a crisis: a community that will be buried by the past if it cannot look to the future. There's a lesson here, and Mr. Sembene presents it with grace and ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
A funny, articulate and moving satire on the state of modern Africa.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 22, 2007
The renowned Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene reconfirms his stature both as a master storyteller and a distinctively humanitarian artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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