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Osama Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 20, 2004
...the sad truth is that potential viewers would be far better off watching a documentary on the rise and fall of the Taliban.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
George Wu
January 30, 2004
Focuses more on the relentless hardships and suffering than on the characters experiencing them.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 26, 2004
I found Mr. Barmak's direction too by-the-numbers, and Ms. Goldbahari's Osama a one-note performance in her relentlessly whimpering (though perfectly understandable) self-pity.
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
Annlee Ellingson
March 1, 2004
Reminiscent of Agnieszka Holland's 1990 drama Europa Europa, this award-winning Afghani film paints yet another harrowing tale of human survival.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 20, 2004
Imagine if we could see films from previous centuries -- records of slavery, the Great Fire of London, the Black Plague. Osama is like a film from some long-ago age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
March 1, 2004
In most ways that count, it's as true as any documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 12, 2004
Barmak and his little star bring artistry and truth to the plight of women under the Taliban.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 23, 2004
Wonderful film, and what a remarkable achievement.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 11, 2004
Although its story is horrifying, Osama wisely makes its points through irony and understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
December 20, 2003
"Minimalist visual compositions are characterized by a clear-eyed austerity and realism."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
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
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2004
Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2004
Without piling on unnecessary pathos, and with a devotion to simply telling the truth of a situation, Osama works a rough kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 20, 2004
Barmak tells his story without a ton of explanation... often, we have no more idea of what's going on than our hero does, which increases the film's sense of danger and fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A grueling but wonderful picture.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 16, 2004
[A] powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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-
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 26, 2004
Osama is an exposing, opinionated, frighteningly frank and fascinating film. It's also an actual Afghani film, so It's amazing it even got made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 2, 2003
The script and camerawork are clever and extremely accomplished, giving us an intimate view of the characters and situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

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March 1, 2004

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March 1, 2004

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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