Osama

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Osama Reviews

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2007

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Barmak proves an able craftsman. If the film's story stammers here and there, its overall power can't be denied.

| Original Score: B+

March 12, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Barmak and his little star bring artistry and truth to the plight of women under the Taliban.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 12, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A harrowing look at a disturbingly recent time that seems more rooted in a barbaric, distant past.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

March 11, 2004
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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A must-see for anyone with an interest in the rest of the world.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 11, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Shot on the ruined streets of Kabul, it has the urgent impact of a documentary, but it is a work of poetic vision.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 11, 2004
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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A poignant film with stinging images.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 11, 2004
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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We are certainly entitled to marvel at its very existence, but that isn't enough. The work itself is extraordinary.

March 10, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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In most ways that count, it's as true as any documentary.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Heartbreaking stuff.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 26, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 26, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Wonderful film, and what a remarkable achievement.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 23, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A bleak, all too realistic drama.

February 20, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.

February 20, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2004
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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A melancholy movie, but a necessary one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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The horrors of Osama are pervasive, not acute, so they take longer to sink in. But once in, they stay there.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

February 20, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The film, a simple tale of a girl who disguises herself as a boy, begins with a Nelson Mandela quote: 'I can't forget but I can forgive,' is designed to ensure the audience won't forget either.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The best and worst thing about this film is it seems completely true. And no amount of water can wash away the sins portrayed.

| Original Score: B

February 20, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Despite an absence of subtlety, the film has a very real impact.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2004
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Derives most of its power from providing a clear window on a previously obscured world.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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What you see isn't surprising, but living through it -- experiencing the cruel and arbitrary justice of the Taliban through a 12-year-old's eyes -- puts a knot in your stomach that lasts beyond the film's closing credits.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 16, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's an important film, made under impossibly arduous circumstances. Yet it's far easier to respect than to embrace.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 13, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 13, 2004
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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That it is such a powerful and indeed beautiful film is simply extraordinary.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Will touch everyone with its haunting sounds and images.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Siddiq Barmak's film is the first feature made in Afghanistan since before the rise of the Taliban an impressive achievement made more so by the director's sure and subtle artistry.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 5, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Offers us what feels like a true insider's view, free from condescension and the temptation to view the country's persecuted citizens as merely pitiable 'others.'

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 5, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 4, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Preaches to a very large choir, but does it with sober righteousness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 3, 2004
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Truth shines through every frame, thanks to Barmak's storytelling skill and his young star's unaffected radiance.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 29, 2004
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Billed as the first entirely Afghan film shot on home soil since the rise and fall of the Taliban, Siddiq Barmak's Osama ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.

October 10, 2003
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