OKA! Reviews

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
October 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 14, 2011
Yearning for an exciting African adventure? "Oka!" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2011
The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 20, 2012
It's a pleasant, if slow-moving, trip down a lazy river.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
Oka!, a loose-limbed tapestry of cultural nuances, atmosphere, and song, is a tuneful tribute to the Bayakan spirit.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 18, 2011
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.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
October 13, 2011
If only for its portrait of a land and a fascinating culture, "Oka!" is worth the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 31, 2011
A unique and fascinating tale of cultural connection, and the elemental nature of various human curiosities that bind us together.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Variety
October 14, 2011
What's refreshing about Oka! is its aversion to any kind of cliches.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
October 21, 2011
OKA!, like the mysterious horn the characters hunt, is a real find.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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October 13, 2011
Rather than idealize life in a state of nature, Oka! depicts Bayaka culture as messy and not always admirable, but exuberantly vital.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2011
Oka! is a fascinating movie with many free-form charms.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
October 24, 2011
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.
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