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

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Less about racial profiling than racial self-hatred, Maryam is all shallow afterschool special with a loathsome anti-foreign core.

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February 28, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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[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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2002
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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

February 22, 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
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
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
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2005
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
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a very valuable film...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 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
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
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 30, 2002
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
Robert Wilonsky
New Times

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

March 7, 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
Richard von Busack

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

Full Review Source: MetroActive

April 21, 2002
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2003
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Most impressive, though, is the film's open-ended finale that refuses to entirely close its characters' emotional wounds.

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

February 10, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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