It's a pleasant, if slow-moving, trip down a lazy river.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.