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Schizo Reviews

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Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

February 20, 2008
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2005

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

July 30, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

| Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

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

July 28, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

| Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2005
Emanuel Levy

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

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

April 2, 2005

E! Online

You'd by crazy to miss this Kazakhstan import.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

April 1, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The director creates a taut picture of a place, and a liberating moment of choice.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 30, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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An austere, moving tale about a young man underestimated by everyone except himself.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 25, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 25, 2005
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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The acting is first-rate throughout ... The brutality of the fights and Schizo's growing ability to outfox his enemies make for a taut and exciting little picture.

March 23, 2005
Gene Seymour
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A transfixing, gracefully constructed slice of realistic cinema.

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

March 22, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's unlikely that many Americans know much about Kazakhstan ... Schizo gives them a fascinating tour -- of its wide steppes, its dusty cities, its grimy mines.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2005
Harvey S. Karten

This film will dissuade you of making Kazakhstan your next location to tour on vacation.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 20, 2005
Leslie Felperin
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Pleasingly pulpy story fits right in with indigenous, Slavic tradition and current fascination with gangster fare.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 18, 2005

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out New York
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