Maryam Reviews

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March 27, 2009
A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
June 7, 2002
It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2002
Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2002
Maryam is more timely now than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
Not only a coming-of-age story and cautionary parable, but also a perfectly rendered period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2002
Carefully crafted, notably in its deft dramatic structuring, and has become timely in a way its maker could never have anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 2, 2002
This movie may not have the highest production values you've ever seen, but it's the work of an artist, one whose view of America, history and the awkwardness of human life is generous and deep.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 22, 2002
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
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 22, 2002
[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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2002
It's a very valuable film...
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
February 19, 2002
Serry perfectly captures the peculiar climate, creating uncanny echoes with today's situation.