A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture.
[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.
Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance.
| Original Score: 3/4
While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.
| Original Score: 1/4
The director approaches the enormity of his task with an earnest enthusiasm, offering a likable alternative to the assembly-line banality of so many family films.
More education than entertainment, Mashayekh's first feature length film tells a valid story but fails to produce on the promise of court intrigues and swordplay.
| Original Score: 5/10
The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.
| Original Score: 2/4
A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
The Keeper suffers from a surfeit of scattershot acting and clunky narrative devices that usher the viewer back and forth through time with all the subtlety of a culture clash.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.
In story structure, performances, pacing, and dialogue, the film's the work of a first-timer. In its deep love for an ancestral culture, it shines.
The movie gets historical with the warring factions in Persia, Hassan's attempt to assassinate the Sultan, and other Lawrence of Arabia style stuff in the desert.
For those who know of Omar Khayyam, make the trip to the theater to see this one. If you're just curious, wait for the DVD.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually.
An accomplished first film that manages to comment on the current situation in the Middle East while dealing movingly -- and in very human terms -- with the importance of heritage and history in contemporary life.
The result is an admirable attempt that fails under the weight of its own ambition.
| Original Score: C+
Would that good intentions counted for everything.
An overall satisfying experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4