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Schizo (2004)

tomatometer

78

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 8

A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.

75

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.

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A teenage boy is thrown into a world of love, death, and deception in this powerful drama. Mustafa (Olzhas Nusuppaev) is a 15-year old boy living in Kazakhstan in the early 1990s. Nicknamed "Schizo" by his schoolmates because of several incidents of emotional instability, Mustafa left school and works for Sakura (Eduard Tabischev), his mother's boyfriend, who helps to organize bare-knuckle boxing tournaments for a cadre of bookmakers. Mustafa's job is to find likely fighters for Sakura, and one

Sep 13, 2005

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (8)

An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An earnest also-ran.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Omarova's thoughtful offering is not so much a visual triptych of the country but a human portrait of youthful purpose in the face of fisted danger.

September 1, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The exotic setting and the starkness with which the young man's story is told--along with Nusuppaev's muted charisma--help it transcend the narrative commonplaces.

July 30, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This Russian-made thriller is seriously lacking energy, which is surprising considering the material.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

First-time director Guka Omarova has a strong eye for telling detail and a sensitivity to Mustafa's slow awakening.

July 29, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight.

April 8, 2005
Groucho Reviews

An uncommonly moving feature about characters in desperate circumstances,Schizo features an incredible debut performance by its leading actor, a Kazakhstan orphan.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

You'd by crazy to miss this Kazakhstan import.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

While believable and well put-together, the story is a bit too slight to fully command our attention.

March 30, 2005

Despite elements that can easily cause a film with much to offer to be unjustly underrated and ignored, director Omarova brings true storytelling credentials to her 1st film.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

...first time feature director Guka Omarova transcends [Kazakhstan's] borders with her deft story telling

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Schizo

Harsh and realistically squashed by Omarova.No,Schizo is not the common peasant on a small town nor the bully against authority.It's a sweet debut despite the psychological weariness and the social comment of poverty.
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