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The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

March 21, 2006
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2005
John Venable

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6.5/10

November 3, 2005
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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An overall satisfying experience.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 9, 2005
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2006
Drew Tillman
Village Voice
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[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 22, 2006
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 13, 2006
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

January 13, 2006
Dana Stevens
New York Times
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The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2006
John Anderson
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Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2006
Joe Leydon
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A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 11, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 15, 2005

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 10, 2005
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