Kandahar Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
May 10, 2004
As with so much in the Islamic world, there are things here that are profoundly beautiful, as well as much that is profoundly scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 16, 2003
I would have recommended "Kandahar" at any time; current events make it a must-see film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
June 24, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
December 23, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The result is stunning -- both as a narrative film and as a document of the place and time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It's a simple series of snapshots from a country in pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 28, 2002
Kandahar consistently feels as if it was shot on the fly, which fuels its sense of urgency and deepens its emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This film is more didactic and less cinematic than I might like, but Makhmalbaf speaks from the heart and the film should be judged accordingly.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Both a fine example of the striking work being done by contemporary Iranian filmmakers and a near-documentary testament to the painful modern history of Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 27, 2002
Although a surreal darkness pervades several passages of Kandahar, through the misfortune of its timing, it's curiously tame.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 5, 2002
Kandahar works best as a semidocumentary, explaining the overwhelming hunger and poverty, the savage effects of land mines and the barbaric treatment of women in Afghanistan.
| Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 26, 2002
Makhmalbaf fully achieves his aim of showing life in a society devoid of hope (especially for women) and ruled by soul-crushing barbarians.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 18, 2002
It's a film that is sometimes naive and at other times unsettling, but it has a rawness and power that sticks in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
April 5, 2002
'...doesn't quite have the cohesion and power of the sublime Gabbeh... but still remains strong and compelling'
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 29, 2002
Makhmalbaf gives Kandahar an eerie grace, making it not only a timely movie but a poetic one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 29, 2002
Moves not like a story but a poem, and the images it presents to us are unforgettable.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 29, 2002
There's no denying the film has its share of fascinating moments -- or that, on whole, it has a lasting power, especially its bleak, sucker-punch ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Deborah Young
August 6, 2008
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Jason Solomons
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Christos Tsiolkas
Senses of Cinema
August 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 9, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 22, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

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