Less about racial profiling than racial self-hatred, Maryam is all shallow afterschool special with a loathsome anti-foreign core.
| Original Score: 2/4
[Serry] wants to blend politics and drama, an admirable ambition. It's too bad that the helping hand he uses to stir his ingredients is also a heavy one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Serry does a fine job of capturing the climate of the times and, perhaps unwittingly, relating it to what is happening in America in 2002. But hard-to-believe plot twists force the movie off track in its final half hour.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A lack of thesis makes Maryam, in the end, play out with the intellectual and emotional impact of an after-school special.
The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant.
| Original Score: C+
It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.
| Original Score: 2/5
Maryam is more timely now than ever.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's a very valuable film...
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.
| Original Score: 3/5
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film about life in the USA for Iranians during the hostage crisis in 1979.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
Not only a coming-of-age story and cautionary parable, but also a perfectly rendered period piece.
| Original Score: B
It's good; indeed, it's important.
| Original Score: 4/5
Most impressive, though, is the film's open-ended finale that refuses to entirely close its characters' emotional wounds.