It's a pleasant, if slow-moving, trip down a lazy river.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Despite some missteps and awkwardness, Oka! proves compelling and engaging. Currier captures the beauty of the African landscape, and she takes the time to document the Bayaka culture with care and compassion.
A unique and fascinating tale of cultural connection, and the elemental nature of various human curiosities that bind us together.
| Original Score: B
The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.
| Original Score: 2/4
Slow to start and rambling when it gets going, Oka! nevertheless offers small pleasures, not least a glimpse of life deep in the African rainforest.
OKA!, like the mysterious horn the characters hunt, is a real find.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film somehow feels more fanciful than factual, a rift that's aggravated by the juxtaposition of the real actors' performances and the Bayaka pygmies' at times startling real presence.
Oka! is a fascinating movie with many free-form charms.
| Original Score: B+
Yearning for an exciting African adventure? "Oka!" isn't it.
What's refreshing about Oka! is its aversion to any kind of cliches.
If only for its portrait of a land and a fascinating culture, "Oka!" is worth the journey.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rather than idealize life in a state of nature, Oka! depicts Bayaka culture as messy and not always admirable, but exuberantly vital.
That the filmmaker at least makes a concerted effort to tweak what in most hands would be an offensively whitewashed dark-continent parable is worth some measure of praise.
Oka!, a loose-limbed tapestry of cultural nuances, atmosphere, and song, is a tuneful tribute to the Bayakan spirit.