The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Reviews

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Drew Tillman
Village Voice
March 22, 2006
[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 13, 2006
The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
January 12, 2006
The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 12, 2006
Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 11, 2006
A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 15, 2005
The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 10, 2005
Would that good intentions counted for everything.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2005
An overall satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4