• Unrated, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ramin Serry
    In Theaters:
    Feb 22, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 12, 2003
  • Streetlight Films


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Maryam Reviews

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Lael Loewenstein
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A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2005
Rich Cline
Film Threat

First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 8, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.

July 26, 2002

Chicago Tribune
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A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2002
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 19, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It takes this never-ending confusion and hatred, puts a human face on it, evokes shame among all who are party to it and even promotes understanding.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2002
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.

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

June 7, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

captures that perverse element of the Kafkaesque where identity, overnight, is robbed and replaced with a persecuted "other."

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2002
Richard von Busack

It's good; indeed, it's important.

Full Review Source: MetroActive

April 21, 2002
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The film is powerful, accessible and funny. You won't miss its messages, but you'll be entertained as well.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2002
Pam Grady

Maryam is a small film, but it offers large rewards.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Maryam is more timely now than ever.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

April 11, 2002
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Not only a coming-of-age story and cautionary parable, but also a perfectly rendered period piece.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 4, 2002

A lack of thesis makes Maryam, in the end, play out with the intellectual and emotional impact of an after-school special.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 15, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Carefully crafted, notably in its deft dramatic structuring, and has become timely in a way its maker could never have anticipated.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 8, 2002
Robert Wilonsky
New Times

It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.

March 7, 2002
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