Osama Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 24, 2010
A wonderful and riveting movie experience
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A grueling but wonderful picture.
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
Great films like Osama, thoughtfully considered, give us the ability to withhold blanket judgments and come that much closer to the truth.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 5, 2005
The film has an almost documentary feel about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
The first film shot entirely in Afghanistan since the rise and fall of the Taliban, and it's a heartbreaking look back at life under that regime.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 1, 2004
Osama manages to surprise you with its story, even though we have no right to be surprised....Already ranks among the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
A film that is not only moving but valuable as a historical and social instrument.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 6, 2004
No histrionics or emotional manipulations here. Its view of the Taliban is frightening precisely because it is real; dramatic exaggerations are unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2004
Gives real insight into a part of the world that likely will dominate our newscasts and newspapers for years to come...
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 1, 2004
Barmak details the Taliban's picayune restrictions, which would be comic if they weren't enforced with such brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 30, 2004
It offers valuable insights into a foreign culture that few of us have more than a cursory knowledge about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bret McCabe
Orlando Weekly
April 24, 2004
Traps you in a quicksand pull, slowly sucking you into its world until it's too late to escape unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2004
We've heard so much about the cruelty of the Taliban that we think we've heard it all. But there's something about seeing one small human story played out that is still overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 21, 2004
Filmado apenas em locações, provoca um impacto ainda maior ao mostrar um país destruído pela guerra - evocando, neste sentido, o inesquecível Alemanha, Ano Zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 18, 2004
An unforgettable harrowing examination of the lives of the Afghan people.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 16, 2004
[A] powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Sells
Film Threat
April 13, 2004
Very rarely will you find a film that beautifully balances political statement with artistic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 11, 2004
Painfully realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
April 9, 2004
Wears you out in a way that would be considered heartless and manipulative if it weren't also (mostly) true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 9, 2004
Feel vindicated in the mad incongruity of popular foreign policies advocating war with "the other" for the sake of the innocents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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